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New virus linked to kidney disease revealed

IANS  |  Sydney 

Scientists in have discovered a new virus which causes disease in mice that may help in diagnosis and treatment of chronic and childhood failure.

The researchers performed a cutting edge diagnostic on some immune-compromised laboratory mice that had died younger than expected and discovered the presence of the previously indeterminable parvovirus.

The discovery was published on Friday in science journal, Cell. discovered the new virus in collaboration with researchers at the in New York.

It could help solve major problems faced by transplant patients, improve lives of a vast number of people, quoted from Centenary as saying.

At least 18 per cent of adults are affected by

"The virus appears to be highly specific to the kidney, which means we can potentially exploit its surface protein to develop gene therapies for inherited childhood kidney disease," Roediger said.



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First Published: Fri, September 14 2018. 10:30 IST