Report of New Hepatitis Virus Has Researchers Intrigued and Upset

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Science  30 Jul 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5428, pp. 644-645
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5428.644

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On 20 July, The New York Times revealed that scientists at a biotechnology company called DiaSorin, which is owned by American Standard, had found a putative new hepatitis virus. The new agent could be responsible for many cases of the disease that for decades have baffled scientists--and it could form the basis of a lucrative test to screen blood supplies. But the company's announcement has attracted sharp criticism from hepatitis researchers, because the findings have not been submitted for publication, nor have they been presented at scientific meetings.