Scar wars: Repairing the liver

Numerous chronic diseases cause scarring of the liver — a condition called fibrosis. Left unchecked, this scarring can lead to cirrhosis, in which the liver’s function deteriorates. It can also lead directly to liver failure and increase the risk of cancer in the organ.

This scarring has long been considered irreversible, but advances in science are beginning to challenge that dogma, offering fresh insights into the liver’s in-built repair mechanisms.

This animation explores several of the latest therapeutic approaches that aim to tap into this self-healing capacity.

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