Scientists Pinpoint a Protein Critical to the Function of the Ebola Virus, Offering Hope of Novel Drugs to Stop It
Monday, December 04, 2000
PHILADELPHIA Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine have identified a sequence of just four amino acids in a key viral protein that may be critical to the spread of the Ebola virus. Their findings, reported in the Dec. 5 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, offer the promise of future treatments for Ebola outbreaks that now prove fatal for up to 90 percent of victims.
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