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THE EBOLA WARS – Highly recommended article in The New Yorker

Global 10/27/14 newyorker.com: by Richard Preston – “The Ebola Wars: How genomics research can help contain the outbreak.” Notable excerpts: “The most dangerous outbreak of an emerging infectious disease since the appearance of H.I.V., in the early nineteen-eighties, seems to have begun on December 6, 2013, in the village of Meliandou, in Guinea, in West Africa, with the death of a two-year-old boy who was suffering from diarrhea and a fever. 486 more words

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The U.S. needs to work on preparedness, but how prepared is Brazil for Ebola?

I’m here in Brazil, just south of Rio at an Immunology meeting. Of course, Ebola is on everyone’s mind, while no one has switched to the elbow bump in place of hand shaking. 272 more words

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Ebola virus FACTS ...what is going on?

Ebola virus has been striking fear into the hearts of millions since the virus has made a run on West Africa over the past several months. 215 more words

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The Concept of Viral Quasispecies

Many of us are familiar with the concept of a species at the macro (visible) scale. Dogs are dogs; pigs are pigs, and so on. Each is a distinct species based on the fact that they can only reproduce and generate fertile offspring with other members of the same species. 858 more words

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