Researchers at the Broad Institute and Harvard University, in collaboration with the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation, have studied sequenced 99 genomes collected from 78 patients who have been struck by the deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone. The research is important as it may provide clues as to how the deadly virus originated and also information about its transmission.

The samples collected suggest that the outbreak began from a single person, subsequently spreading from person to person. Also, they found 300 genetic changes, that make this outbreak distinct from previous Ebola outbreaks.

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