Dr Derek Gatherer is a lecturer in the Division of Biomedical and Life Sciences at Lancaster University. His research interests are virus phylogenetics, bioinformatics and evolution.
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    What is the Ebola virus?

    This morning you woke up feeling a little unwell. You have no appetite, your head is aching, your throat is sore and you think you might be slightly feverish. You don’t know it yet, but Ebola virus has started to attack your immune system, wiping out the T-lymphocyte cells that are crucial to its proper function.