Patient's Genes May Impact Hepatitis C Outcomes
- Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is transmitted via blood transfusion, IV drug use,
or sexual contact and can cause a variety of ills, including a mild infection,
liver disease, or liver cancer.
- A new study shows that genetic factors influence which HCV patients will
have a self-limiting type infection or a more persistent infection.
- This new information could help patients in the future, but for now they
must rely on many experimental treatments, none of which can kill the
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