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Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Major Find In Fight Against Ebola Virus
The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla has made a major advance in
the fight against the Ebola virus by greatly clarifying how it
replicates and spreads a disease that causes horrific illness and, in
many cases, death.
Biologist Erica Ollmann Saphire and her collaborators spelled out the
chemical chain reaction that allows the virus to form its shell,
strengthen and cast off infected cells that lead to a type of
The team also found that the protein most responsible for this process —
VP40 — changes shape and performs more than one role. Researchers have
long believed that proteins, which control the behavior of cells, have
only one shape and role.