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Despite Fears, Ebola Virus Mutating Slower Than Originally Thought

The LA Times reports a study published in the journal Science which found that the Ebola virus has only undergone minor mutations and is no more dangerous than when the outbreak started. This information comes after earlier reports stated that the extensive and prolonged human-to-human transmission of the virus would cause it to mutate into a more contagious and virulent form. Researchers genetically sequenced samples of Ebola from patients in Mali, and found that it was only slightly different from a sample collected six months earlier in Sierra Leone. The authors stressed that even with this information, the outbreak in West Africa continues to be a pressing emergency that is not to be taken lightly.

Read the article published by the LA Times.

Read the study published in the journal Science.