Bat Filled Tree May Have Been Ground Zero for Enola Outbreak

Bat Filled Tree May Have Been Ground Zero for Enola Outbreak The article speculates on the source of Ebola virus that has been an issue in West Africa. The article notes of a hollow tree in one of Guinea village that is thought to be the source of the outbreak. The tree was inhabited by bats that were thought to be the carrier of the virus. The first family member to die of the virus in the region are said to have resided near the tree. On the other hand, the article notes, there is no evidence that animal provides the natural reservoir for the virus (Vogel 1).
There are various things that Varmus did to help facilitate the continuation of research. First, he has been creative by introducing new things in the research. Secondly, he has been relying on grants for continuation of research. He ensured that such grants were used in transparent manner. He also brought changes such as award for staff scientists (Kaiser 1).
In my opinion, I believe there is one important way to encourage research. For example, the system can encourage collaboration and communication between researchers in various departments. Such collaboration can help in getting results especially if an issue covers all the departments.
Varmus has a big plan for his career. He plans to establish a ‘modestly sized’ lab. He also plans to work as an advisor to Weill Cornel Medical College Dean (Kaiser 1).
After reading the article, one issue has concerned me. The issue is that if it is true that bats can transmit the virus, then everyone is at risk of getting the virus. This is because bats are found in different parts of the world. Moreover, bats are also found in our homes.
Works Cited
Kaiser, Jocelyn. “Outgoing U.S. cancer chief reflects on his record, what’s next.” News.sciencemag.org. Web. 14 March 2015.
Vogel, Gretchen. “Bat-filled tree may have been ground zero for the Ebola epidemic.” News.sciencemag.org. Web. 14 March 2015.

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