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This Week in PLoS Medicine: Genes in hep C treatment; Predicting trauma recovery; African doctoral programs & more

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Four new articles published this week in PLoS Medicine and an update posted to the World Health Report Collection page as well.

Vijayaprakash Suppiah and colleagues show that genotyping hepatitis C patients for the IL28B, HLA-C, and KIR genes improves the ability to predict whether or not patients will respond to antiviral treatment.

By studying gene expression changes over time in a cohort of trauma patients, Keyur Desai and colleagues identify genes and pathways strongly associated with longer-term complications, which could lead to improved outcome prediction in the first 80 hours after injury.

Imelda Bates and colleagues developed and validated an evidence-based tool for evaluating doctoral programmes in African universities.

Samson Muchina Kinyanjui and colleagues from the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme discuss how they modified their informed consent processes by taking into account local social, cultural, and economic contexts in the design and administration of consent forms.

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