Published in Lab Law Weekly, November 26th, 2004
"Hepatitis C virus (HCV) exists as a swarm of genetically distinct but related variants, or a quasispecies, whose complexity and sequence evolution are critical to studies of viral pathogenesis. Because most studies of the HCV quasispecies have focused on a relatively small genomic segment, the first hypervariable region of the E2 gene, it is possible that viral complexity is occasionally underestimated (due to primer mismatch) and that sequence evolution is misperceived due to unrecognized covariation," according to scientists in the United States.
"This report describes a sensitive...
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