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Monday, December 27, 2010
Potential New Treatments for Hepatitis B and Tuberculosis
Working with cultures in his lab, Rakesh Kumar and his colleagues have discovered a new class of drugs for hepatitis B that does three important things: it is effective against the normal strain of the hepatitis B virus, it is effective against the drug-resistant strain and it isn't toxic to healthy cells. He says no one else in the world has identified this class of drugs. These new drugs could be used in combination with other hepatitis B drugs on the market – at the same time, by themselves or one after the other.