How human derived RNA fragments help the Hepatitis E virus

Why does Hepatitis E become chronic in some patients, and why do medications not work? To find out, an international research team led by scientists from Bochum observed a patient with chronic Hepatitis E infection over a year. Repeated sequencing of the virus RNA showed that the virus incorporated various parts of the host’s messenger RNA into its genome. This resulted in a replication advantage, which may have contributed to the infection becoming chronic.