Scientist hopes to unlock Ebola's secrets at outbreak's source

November 7, 2014 8:42 PM

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CHICAGO (Reuters) - Etienne Simon-Loriere of the Pasteur Institut in Paris has his fingers crossed. He is heading to West Africa on Sunday to inspect blood samples gathered from Ebola patients in Guinea in hopes of tracing the path of the virus in the country where the current outbreak began.

Such samples are scarce and precious. So far, only a few scientists have them, and many more say they need them in order to do critical research on the virus.

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