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Clin Liver Dis. 2005 Aug;9(3):353-69, v.

Molecular virology of the hepatitis C virus: implication for novel therapies.

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  • 1Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Stanford University School of Medicine and Palo Alto Veterans Administration Medical Center, CCSR Building, Room 3115, 269 Campus Drive, Palo Alto, CA 94305-5187, USA.


The study of hepatitis C virus (HCV) molecular virology is helping to shape the future of our anti-HCV strategies by identifying new antiviral targets. With the advent of agents that specifically target individual HCV proteins, HCV-specific therapy has arrived. Key to these efforts is the development of high-efficiency HCV replicons. The future effective pharmacologic control of HCV will likely consist of a cocktail of simultaneously administered virus-specific agents with independent targets. This should minimize the emergence of resistance against any single agent. The way we treat HCV should change dramatically over the next few years.

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