Not too long after the Ebola epidemic began raging in West Africa, Harvard University's Pardis Sabeti worked with Sheik Humarr Khan, the director of the Lassa virus ward at Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone who was treating Ebola patients there, to gather virus samples for sequencing. As the New Yorker reports, Sabeti, Khan, and their colleagues wanted to get a handle on how the virus is mutating and adapting to a human host.

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