My Candidate for the Ebola Reservoir Organism (was Re:
ED at molbiol.uct.ac.za
Mon Jun 12 03:15:09 EST 1995
See http://www.uct.ac.za/microbiology/ebopage.html for several
reasoned comments on just this issue.
> From: sputnam at tfb.com (Shan Putnam)
> Subject: Re: My Candidate for the Ebola Reservoir Organism (was Re: Chimpanzee Ebola outbreak)
> Has anyone considered looking into the possibility that the natural
> reservoir is a plant? Could this be a very, very rare virus that
> naturally occurs in plants, but when ingested/inoculated (via a thorn)
> into a warm-blood animals it adapts to that host. I know that the
> outer membrane of the virus is acquired via a "budding" process
> throught eukaryotic cells. I have read/heard that there has been a
> lot of cash, time and sweat spent looking for it's natural home with
> absolutely no luck. Just a wild thought.
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