Hepatitis C virus (or HCV) has been known since 1989, but has never been observed by microscopy; therefore available data have been obtained by molecular biology. The explanation comes from the fact that HCV takes on the appearance of a simple lipid molecule making its direct observation very difficult. After more than 25 years of research by the scientific community, the electronic microscopy platform at the University of Tours (France) and its INSERM unit were able to acquire the first images of the virus using a JEOL Transmission Electron Microscope) TEM at 120kV. Dr. Jean-Christophe MEUNIER and Mr. Eric Pivier are at the origin of this discovery (see photo).

VHC image acquired for the first time since its discovery in 1989 - Mr Eric Pivier and Dr. Jean-Christophe MEUNIER

For more information: http://presse.inserm.fr/le-virus-de-lhepatite-c-observe-pour-la-premiere-fois-au-microscope/25440/