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Local scientists find missing puzzle piece in Ebola Virus

A team of scientists at Texas Biomedical Research Institute have found a missing piece of the puzzle that is the Ebola virus. (SBG San Antonio)

SAN ANTONIO - A team of scientists at Texas Biomedical Research Institute have found a missing piece of the puzzle that is the Ebola virus.

They investigated the interaction between a protein in the Ebola virus and a protein in human cells. They found out what kind of interaction caused the virus to quickly replicate or intensify in the body.

A Texas Biomed doctor says this work is a turning point for understanding how the Ebola virus is modulated.

Texas Biomed has one of only a few biosafety level 4 labs in the country where scientists can work with viruses like Ebola.

Right now, there is no known cure for Ebola, and has a 90 percent mortality rate, but doctors say, with research, they hope to manipulate Ebola virus proteins and at least stop it from progressing.

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