LIVER damage could be repaired by the same cells that harm the organ in the first place, Scots researchers have found.

The cells – called macrophages – cause tissue to become scarred, which can lead to cirrhosis of the liver.

Scientists at Edinburgh University have now found that the macrophages also have a role in breaking down and getting rid of damaged tissue.

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Researchers are identifying what triggers the cells to change their function in the liver, with a view to developing a drug that switches the cells to repair mode.

The study looked at the role of macrophages in liver tissue in mice.