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Improved mouse model will accelerate research on potential Ebola vaccines, treatments

from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill via Infection Control Today

In the war against Ebola, one important hurdle has just been cleared — by a mouse. Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and colleagues have developed the first genetic strain of mice that can be infected with Ebola and display symptoms similar to those that humans experience. This work, published in the current issue of Science, will significantly improve basic research on Ebola treatments and vaccines, which are desperately needed to curb the worldwide public health and economic toll of the disease. more

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