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Investigators discover new gene that affects clearance of hepatitis C virus

Posted on January 07, 2013

Scientists have discovered a gene that interferes with the clearance of hepatitis C virus infection. They also identified an inherited variant within this gene, Interferon Lambda 4 (IFNL4), that predicts how people respond to treatment for hepatitis C infection. The results of this study, by investigators at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the NIH, and their collaborators at NIH and other institutions, were published online in Nature Genetics on Jan. 6, 2013.

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NCI Press Release: Investigators discover new gene that affects clearance of hepatitis C virus

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) press release for the study

NCI Cancer Bulletin: Newly discovered gene linked to hepatitis C virus clearance, treatment response

News article in NCI’s bi-weekly newsletter the Cancer Bulletin

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