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January 8, 2013 • Volume 10 / Number 1

A MESSAGE TO READERS

NCI Cancer Bulletin Suspends Publication

As of January 8, 2013, the NCI Cancer Bulletin has suspended publication. A searchable archive of more than 5,000 news and feature stories published since 2004 will remain on NCI’s website.

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NEWS

Newly Discovered Gene Linked to Hepatitis C Virus Clearance, Treatment Response

Human liver cells treated to mimic infection with hepatitis C, showing the cell cytoplasm (green), nucleus (blue), and IFNL4 protein (red). Researchers have identified a genetic variant that is strongly associated with the ability to spontaneously clear infection with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) and with the response to treatment for chronic HCV infection, the leading cause of liver cancer in the United States.

And, in a surprising finding, the discovery of the variant led to the first identification of a previously unknown gene, IFNL4. The variant in this gene is directly responsible for the creation of a newly identified protein, called  Interferon Lambda 4 (IFNL4), from the interferon lambda family of proteins. Read more > >

IN DEPTH

UPDATES

  • Cancer.gov Update

    • New Videos from NCI: "Understanding Your Cancer Prognosis"
  • Notes

    • In Memoriam: Dr. Elwood V. Jensen
    • NCI Central Institutional Review Board Receives Accreditation
    • Cyber-Seminar: Using State Cancer Profiles for Cancer Control
    • Summary of NCI Funding Patterns for FY2012 Available

    MULTIMEDIA

    Dr. Barry Kramer

    NIH Research Radio: Dr. Barry Kramer on Cancer Screening

    The director of NCI's Division of Cancer Prevention and editor-in-chief of NCI's Physician Data Query Screening and Prevention Editorial Board talks with NIH Research Radio about cancer screening and the risks that are sometimes associated with it.

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    Type: (MP3) | Time 8:53 | Size: 10.1 MB | Read Transcipt


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