African Ebola Outbreak Is a Growing Crisis

An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in several African countries has claimed the lives of at least 80 people. Frighteningly, it has now spread to a major city. Officials are now enacting measures to bring the outbreak under control, including the introduction of health and travel restrictions. » 4/02/14 3:20pm 4/02/14 3:20pm

Why is ebola deadlier than other viruses?

Ebola is the nightmare virus. It kills ninety percent of people infected, and was for some time feared as the second coming of the plagues of the 1400s. Why is this one virus so much more deadly than other viruses? » 8/29/13 11:08am 8/29/13 11:08am

Genes from ebola-like virus found in the human genome

The human genome contains fragments of viruses that our species tangled with in our distant evolutionary past. Now new scientific research has isolated some of the viruses that still haunt our genomes, even after millions of years of evolution. In today's Scientific American, Katherine Harmon has a great roundup of new … » 7/30/10 3:00pm 7/30/10 3:00pm

Possible Cure for Ebola Could Revolutionize Antivirals

Ebola is the poster virus for outbreak scares because it spreads extremely fast and kills 90 percent of its victims by causing them to bleed uncontrollably. Featured in science-scare book The Hot Zone » 9/03/08 5:51pm 9/03/08 5:51pm and countless cheesy movies, Ebola is considered ripe for development into a bio-weapon. But now it seems that a group …