HBV is a major cause of liver cancer, and nearly 700,00 people per year are estimated to die from this disease. A team around Piero Carnici at RIKEN has created a detailed transcription map down to one base unit analyzing the gene expression pattern of the virus and discovered a new transcription starting point, which is important for growth of the virus by transcribing its X gene”.”

RIKEN news release, October 28, 2016