MIC Professor Daniel Engel, PhD and structural biologist Zygmunt S. Derewenda, PhD search for inexpensive, accessible test for Ebola.
“Derewenda and Engel recently made a breakthrough in Ebola research when they identified the structure of a part of the virus important in the reproduction process — a protein inside the nucleocapsid, the core of the virus containing all of its genetic material.
That discovery could hold the key to coming up with a detection system more suited to doctors in remote locations. “This is a question of time,” Derewenda said. “There’s a need for fast, cheap detection systems.””