A methodology to help doctors choosing the most efficient treatment for hepatitis C

Barcelona, 16th February 2015. Researchers from Vall d’Hebron Research Institute (VHIR) have developed a new deep sequencing methodology that accurately classifies the 7 confirmed genotypes of the hepatitis C (HCV) virus, and the different subtypes. The new system also allows, for the first time, to identify infections with more than one subtype of the virus (mixed infections), the variability of the virus and possible resistance mutations.

The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, is a collaboration between all the members of the Networked Biomedical Research Center for Hepatic and Digestive Diseases (CIBERehd), Roche and ABL. It is funded with the CDTI MINECO IDI 20110115.