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Hepatitis B : the hunt for a killer virus

Author: Baruch S Blumberg
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2002.
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About 375 million people are infected with the hepatitis B virus. It has killed more people than AIDS and also causes millions of cases of liver cancer. The discovery of this deadly virus and the vaccine against it--a vaccine that is sharply decreasing the infection rate worldwide and is probably the first effective cancer vaccine--was one of the great triumphs of twentieth-century medicine. And it almost didn't  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Baruch S Blumberg
ISBN: 069100692X 9780691006925 0691116237 9780691116235
OCLC Number: 48032489
Description: xii, 244, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Differences in response to disease --
Oxford and the National Institutes of Health: inherited variation and susceptibility to disease --
Polymorphisms and geography: disease, genetics, and evolutionary biology --
We discover a new polymorphism: the Ag system --
The discovery of Australia antigen --
What is Australia antigen --
Identifying the hepatitis B virus --
The control of posttransfusion hepatitis --
The hepatitis B vaccine --
Hepatitis B virus and cancer of the liver --
What is now known about HBV? --
Back to polymorphisms and inherited susceptibility to disease --
HBV and its connections: current research and the future --
Scientists and staff at Fox Chase Cancer Center referred to in the text --
Research on hyaluronic acid --
The National Institutes of Health and the funding of basic medical research --
Molecular biology --
A gazetteer of selected place-names used in the text.
Responsibility: Baruch S. Blumberg.
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About 375 million people are infected with the hepatitis B virus. The discovery of this virus and the vaccine against it was one of the triumphs of twentieth-century medicine. This book describes how  Read more...

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