Lack Of Virus Samples In US Hampers Efforts To Track Its Changes

November 5, 2014 2:10 PM

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Lack Of Virus Samples In US Hampers Efforts To Track Its Changes

Samples of Ebola are in short supply for U.S. scientists who require a fresh, steady stock of the virus to track its changes and to plan ahead for new drugs and vaccines. Much like the flu virus, Ebola mutates, however slightly, as it spreads, and keeping up with those changes is key to stopping new infections and heading off future outbreaks, according to Reuters.

"No one really knows right now what has the virus mutated to or if it has mutated," Charles Chiu, a microbiologist and infectious disease expert at the University of California, San Francisco, told Reuters. “We're not going to be able to determine in advance whether or not it has changed to a form w...

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