Hepatitis C can be both a lifelong illness or an acute and temporary one. Whichever the case may be, it never appears to be a fun ride for anyone who faces the misfortune of getting infected. Fortunately, that may soon be a thing of the past. Recently, three scientists Harvey Alter, Michael Houghton, and Charles Rice were awarded the Nobel prize in physiology, for their work on the development of a cure that’s effective almost 95% of the time!
The 3 men are fascinating gentlemen. For example, Harvey Alter is an American researcher, who is experienced in the infectious disease section of the research of the Department of Transfusion Medicine. It was during this time in the mid-1970s that he and his team demonstrated post-transfusion cases that involved hepatites that were not caused by A or B. It was this discovery that led to the discovery and understanding of hepatitis C.
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