An international team of researchers led by Pardis C. Sabet from Harvard University published a paper in Science sequencing the genomes of Ebola virus.
- Genomic surveillance elucidates Ebola virus origin and transmission during the 2014 outbreak, Gire et al.
The team sequenced 99 Ebola virus genomes from 78 people in Sierra Leone, who were diagnosed with Ebola in late May and mid-June. Sadly, five of over 50 co-authors of the paper lost their lives to Ebola virus before the paper was published. A brief profiles on the deceased scientists can be found here (Thanks to @Ericka_Check from Nature).
Raw sequence data and the genome sequence data of Ebola viruses are available from NCBI.
Here is a link round-up of the news stories associated with the Ebola genome sequence publication.
- Ebola’s heavy toll on study authors
- Science Magazine’s In Depth: Genomes reveal start of Ebola outbreak
- Nature News: Ebola virus mutating rapidly as it spreads
- NY Times: Ebola Outbreak in Sierra Leone Is Tied to One Funeral
- Harvard University: Ebola genomes sequenced
- Broad Institute: Genomic sequencing reveals mutations, insights into 2014 Ebola outbreak