|Paula Marie Navarra |||Oct 03, 2014 07:00 PM EDT|
To help Ebola researchers, the UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute recently released the Ebola genome browser to help in the development of a vaccine and antiserum to stop the spread of the virus.
According to researchers, the browser aligned the five strains of Ebola and 148 individual viral genomes, including the 102 strains from the outbreak in Africa.
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Jim Kent, one of the researchers, said that there is a need for a heroic worldwide effort to contain Ebola.
He said that making the Ebola genome browser to be used by researchers is the least they could do to help.
Researchers said that scientists around the world can access the browser and compare data about the virus changes and where it doesn't change.
They said that this can allow drug company researchers, academicians and government officials to study the genomic changes of the virus to seek solution to stop the epidemic.
Researchers stressed that the browser is an answer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's confirmation of the first case of Ebola in the US.
It took just a week after the confirmation for the researchers to creat a fully functional Ebola genome browser.
Almost fourteen years ago, researchers from UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute created the first draft of the human genome sequence in the web.
Two months after that, they developed the UCSC Genome browser which focuses on findings on biomedical science.
When SARS was a worldwide problem, the researchers also created the SARS virus browser to aid the finding for immediate treatment of the virus.
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