Deaths Of Ebola Researchers Underscore Urgency Of Their Mission

August 29, 2014 3:08 PM

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Caregivers at the front lines of the Ebola virus outbreak are at particularly high risk for contracting the disease -- a sobering fact recently underscored by the news that five co-authors of an ebola genome study died of the virus before its publication.

The research project, published in the journal Science, sequenced ebola virus genomes from 78 different patients. Mapping out the genetic sequences of what turned out to be 99 different “isolates” of the disease enabled scientists to plot its mutations over time and trace how it arrived in Sierra Le...

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