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Genomic study on Ebola responses starts in Liberia

A study investigating how an individual’s genome impacts their response to the Ebola virus has kicked off in Monrovia. It enrolled its first 15 volunteers on 4 September.

Prevail 6 is sponsored by the United States National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Liberian ministry of health. It is led by Liberian and US researchers.

The study will gather 8,500 samples, of which 2,000 will be from Ebola survivors. Another 3,000 samples will be taken from people who were in close contact with infected people during the country’s recent outbreak but who were not themselves infected.

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