Thursday, May 4, 2017

The genome and HVC

 The only way to better comprehend how any germ or virus interact with the human body is to repeat and study a large sum of people with the certain characteristic. Researches at the University of Oxford want to provide new information of hepatitis C virus (HCV) and how the genome interacts and changes the virus. The only way to reveal more information is to study deeply within the material. A 500 patient study found within the genome two places where genetic variation in calibration with the immune system. This new found information will allow scientist to create treatments that better highlight the type of HCV that person. 

I think this information is a great step in helping patients suffering from the symptoms of HCV, they will be provided with treatments that are better suited for their specific virus. This like many other genetic mutations are coming to light, but without the technology to read the genome scientists would have no idea how to better help the lives of their patients. 


  1. Personalized medicine for the win again! Based on one of your articles, HVC causes, 2 to 3 percent of the entire world population is infected with this virus (one of the leading causes of death and disability worldwide);thus, this is a very pertinent threat to human health. Medications to treat this are incredibly expensive, so tailoring medication specifically to people is a great way to help reduce excess treatment costs. Currently, there is no vaccine for hepatitis C, so hopefully this research could also help pave the way to change that (possibly even a personalized vaccine for this).

  2. great find, a specific targeted virus only for certain type of patient is amazing, the medication it would be better suited and carter the patient need and genetic make up