University of Alberta professor announces liver disease breakthrough

I am so impressed and frightened by viruses. Neither alive nor inert, they somehow manage to do some amazing things to biological systems (including us).

“Our publication shows that this virus inserts its DNA into the human genome, where we found the junction regions of virus integration in cells of the biliary epithelium, the site of disease,” explains Mason, whose colleague in the research was Prof. Gane Wong of the University of Alberta.

”This is the gold standard for demonstrating retrovirus infection. We actually saw over 1,500 unique virus integrations in patients’ samples. So that settles an ongoing debate since the 1970s saying that a betaretrovirus like ours is not a human pathogen.”