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The mutation that made Ebola so deadly

Two new studies reveal that a single mutation in the Ebola virus may have been responsible for its devastating effects during the recent epidemic. The mutation, known as A82V, appeared in early 2014 and has been found in over 90 per cent of the viruses sequenced during the epidemic. Some viruses, including Ebola viruses, are […]

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Preventing an epidemic: Lessons learned from Ebola

Zika, Ebola, MERS and Swine Flu – these viruses have captured international attention in recent years as part of an apparent surge in epidemics. The struggle to contain Ebola last year shifted the focus towards the developing world’s broken health-care systems and their seeming inability to effectively cope with the increasing demands placed upon them. […]