In article <4ehcnp$5cv at newsbf02.news.aol.com>, edregis at aol.com (EdRegis) wrote:
> Evidently, Ebola can become less virulent
> and less transmissible in reality while it becomes more virulent and more
> transmissible in imagined scenarios such as that depicted in the 1989
> fantasy mentioned by Hans and presented at length in Morse's book.
"Comparing the new strain's RNA sequence with those from earlier outbreaks
reveals wide diversity, notes Anthony Sanchez, a research officer in the
Special Pathogens Branch at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. That's not surprising, he notes, because
Ebola, like other RNA viruses, has an error-prone replication process,
which would boost the frequenzy of mutations and thus the emergence of new
strains. Sanchez says that the high mutation rate increases the chance
that the disease could someday adapt a more contagious form."
SCIENCE, Vol. 268, 19 May 1995, p. 974
--Hans Andersson, NYC
hasse at panix.com