Study details microRNA’s role as double agent during Hep C infection

Once inside a liver cell, the hepatitis C virus must bind to miRNA-122 in order to establish a persistent infection. Researchers have now found an unanticipated consequence of this interaction: By using miRNA-122 for its own ends, the virus appears to pull these molecules away from their normal job regulating genes. (Mehr in: Cancer News — ScienceDaily)