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Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Caption: Pranavkumar Shivakumar, Ph.D., (standing), and Jorge Bezerra, M.D., of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, analyze a bile duct tissue sample from a 7-day-old mouse. Their study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation links an over-reactive response by natural killer cells in the immune system to the onset of biliary atresia in infants, a disease in which blocked bile ducts can cause severe liver damage and death.
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