The liver plays key roles in fighting infection, extracting energy from food, ridding the body of waste and other important functions. Although a healthy liver successfully performs these numerous jobs every day, it can be harmed when exposed to additional, repeated insults, such as alcohol misuse. Long-term, continuous damage to the liver leads to scarring of the tissue (fibrosis) and ultimately liver failure. In fact, liver disease is the fifth most common cause of death in the UK.

Fibrotic extracellular matrix // Image by Adam Byron

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