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Partnership for Research on Ebola virus in Liberia to begin study in Liberia

Arthur Douglas/Maximilian Kasseh,Jr.
Partnership for Research on Ebola Virus in Liberia
Partnership for Research on Ebola Virus in Liberia

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-A new study to investigate whether or not genes impact individuals’ response to the Ebola virus gets underway shortly in Liberia.

The study is being conducted by the Partnership for Research on Ebola virus in Liberia (PREVAIL).

Genes carry information passed on from one’s parents that affect how one looks as well as how the body works, grows and responds to infection.

According to a release issued Thusday,September 7,2017 , during the study, researchers will look for genes that may be related to a person’s health outcome after coming in contact with the Ebola virus.

The researchers are also expected to look for genes related to the risk that a person will die from Ebola.

PREVAIL has enrolled fifteen volunteers after a rigorous review of their medical history and consent to participate, among others.

A Co-Principal investigator of the study, Dr.Mosoka Fallah, said the study will investigate the genetic basis for people who contracted and overcame the Ebola virus.

Dr.Fallah said the outcome of the study could hold the key to future therapy to protect Liberia and the world from the next Ebola onslaught.

The release said the study code-named PREVAIL 6 will enroll about eight-thousand –five –hundred participants from ages three and above withdrawn from four groups.

The release further said the United National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Massachusetts form part of the initiative.

 


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