In this classroom activity, students will analyze sequences of Ebola viruses isolated from patients in Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak of 2013–2016 to track the virus spread. Also available in Spanish.
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In this lesson, students will analyze Ebola sequences that were obtained from patients in Sierra Leone during the 2013–2016 outbreak in West Africa. Students are challenged to place sequences into groups based on similarities to determine the transmission history of the virus. Students then compare their results to those of scientists at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, who followed a similar procedure at the beginning of the outbreak.