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Mass. General-based research center will investigate why immune system fails to control hepatitis C
Date:7/22/2009

ells and tissue from HCV-infected and uninfected patients to use in study experiments;
  • Nicholas Haining, MB, ChB, Dana-Farber develop high-throughput technology platforms to examine and modulate signals inhibiting the immune response.

    Almost 170 million people worldwide are infected with HCV, 50 to 80 percent of whom will develop chronic hepatitis, which can lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer or liver failure. Identifying the factors that allow HCV to survive in spite of the immune response against the virus may also improve understanding of immune system failure in other chronic infections, including HIV, Epstein-Barr virus, and tuberculosis.


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  • Contact: Sue McGreevey
    smcgreevey@partners.org
    617-724-2764
    Massachusetts General Hospital
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