Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Why do some not become deathly ill from Ebola?




Genetic factors behind surviving or dying from Ebola shown in mouse study

Date:
October 30, 2014
Source:
University of Washington Health Sciences/UW Medicine
Summary:
A newly developed mouse model suggests that genetic factors are behind the mild-to-deadly range of responses to the Ebola virus. The frequency of different manifestations of the disease across the lines of these mice are similar in variety and proportion to the spectrum of clinical disease observed in the 2014 West African outbreak. The new mouse model might be useful in testing candidate therapeutics and vaccines for Ebola, and in finding genetic markers for susceptibility and resistance to the disease.