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Hard-Won Advances Spark Excitement About Hepatitis C

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Science  19 Oct 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5542, pp. 506-507
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5542.506

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PARIS-- Last month, some 1000 hepatitis C researchers met here at an annual conference to discuss the headway they have made recently in understanding and taming the virus--including a new animal model and insights into natural immunity--raising hopes about drugs or vaccines to fight the epidemic. However, there were also some letdowns to report, including a continued inability to get the virus to grow in the lab, which has handicapped research efforts.