Monday, November 12, 2007

"It's mutating!": New evidence that Ebola-Zaire capable of recombination

Yes, you heard it here first. Check out the article.

Scary stuff. French scientists at the Institute for Development Research claim they have found a new variant of Ebola-Zaire (the most lethal of the four known Ebola stains) which has a genome that varies by 2-3% from the previously identified ZEBOV: this suggests genetic recombination has occurred. They are calling the new strain ZEBOV-B and the original ZEBOV-A.

This is bad news. It's like a not-funny version of the scene from Outbreak where the picture of the virus rotates and they shout, "It's mutating!"

Life is definitely not ebola cherries,

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