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As it invades a host cell, the Ebola virus edits its genetic material, adding extra RNA building blocks. These changes may produce new proteins that scientists have not yet described, which in turn may affect how the virus grows in animals and humans. Studying the proteins in greater detail may lead to better treatments for Ebola in the future, scientists suggest November 4 in mBio.
The team also studied Marburg virus, which is related to the Ebola virus, and found similar types of edits to its genetic material.