Los Angeles: Interrupting for a short period a protein responsible for immune functions can help boost the body`s immunity against viral infections like HIV and hepatitis C, says a new study.The study conducted by scientists at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) shows that temporarily blocking type-1 interferons (IFN-1), a protein critical to immune response, helps the body clear itself of chronic infections.Published in the April 12 edition of Science, the finding suggests new approaches to treating persistent viral infections like HIV and hepatitis C, reports Science Daily.
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