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1st genetic clue for elusive pediatric liver disease

from ScienceDaily

A nationwide consortium of researchers has identified the first genetic defect linked to biliary atresia, a mysterious liver disease that is the leading cause for liver transplantation in children. The results were published in the journal Hepatology. The causes of biliary atresia were unknown, so this is a major advance that will move the field of pediatric liver disease forward, says senior author Saul J. Karpen, MD, PhD, professor of pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine and a pediatric hepatologist at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. more


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