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NIH Researchers Zero In On Viral Changes That Lead To Chronic Hepatitis C

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April 14, 2000
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National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases
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Scientists from the NIH and other institutions have discovered a clue that begins to explain why so many patients fail to fully recover from infection with the hepatitis C virus. Their research points to changes in surface proteins that enable the virus to evade the immune system. The study shows that the ultimate outcome of an HCV infection is determined during the initial, acute phase of disease.

Scientists from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other institutions have discovered a clue that begins to explain why so many patients fail to fully recover from infection with the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Their research, reported in the current issue of Science, points to changes in surface proteins that enable the virus to evade the immune system. The study shows that the ultimate outcome of an HCV infection is determined during the initial, acute phase of disease.


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National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases. "NIH Researchers Zero In On Viral Changes That Lead To Chronic Hepatitis C." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 14 April 2000. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/04/000413145007.htm>.
National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases. (2000, April 14). NIH Researchers Zero In On Viral Changes That Lead To Chronic Hepatitis C. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 19, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/04/000413145007.htm
National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases. "NIH Researchers Zero In On Viral Changes That Lead To Chronic Hepatitis C." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/04/000413145007.htm (accessed April 19, 2014).

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