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The World in Medicine
July 9, 2003

Trigger for Liver Ailment?

JAMA. 2003;290(2):184. doi:10.1001/jama.290.2.184-a

Researchers from England, Scotland, and the United States have discovered that a retrovirus previously linked to breast cancer may cause primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC), a fatal liver disease marked by destruction of bile ducts within the liver. Their report appeared on June 23 in the on-line early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (

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