Discovery could lead to a new animal model for hepatitis C

Wednesday, January 28, 2009 - 16:56 in Biology & Nature

The hepatitis C virus is interested in only one thing: human liver cells. That has been one of scientists’ greatest frustrations in their efforts to study the virus, and has hampered the development of useful animal models for the disease. But now, in a major leap forward, scientists have identified a protein that allows this uniquely human pathogen to enter mouse cells, a finding that could lead to a vaccine or to new treatments.

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