The Ebola virus was named in 1976 after the Ebola River in Zaire

As the New York Times reminds us today, the Health Ministry of Zaire named the Ebola virus after the Ebola River back in 1976. That river is a tributary of the Congo River. Zaire is, of course, now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo. » 10/02/14 5:45pm 10/02/14 5:45pm

How the Experimental Ebola Serum Is Being Grown Inside Tobacco Plants

For years, scientists have been looking for cheaper and faster ways to make vaccines, including tinkering with what sounds like an unlikely source: Tobacco plants. In fact, the highly experimental serum given to the two American Ebola patients was created using this novel technique. Here's how it works. » 8/07/14 2:36pm 8/07/14 2:36pm

No, The Man Tested for Ebola in NYC Does Not Have Ebola

The CDC has now officially confirmed that the man in New York who, as of Monday, maybe (but almost certainly not) had Ebola definitely does not have Ebola. While the mention of even a Ebola test set off scary, screaming headlines all over New York, there would be no reason to freak out even if he had tested positive. » 8/06/14 6:51pm 8/06/14 6:51pm

Inside the Isolation Wards That Keep Us Safe From Ebola

Ebola has officially made it to the U.S., and there is still absolutely no reason to freak out. That's in large part thanks to Emory University Hospital's state-of-the-art isolation ward, which is better-equipped to field Ebola cases than any ordinary hospital in the country. Here's a look at the tech that keeps… » 8/05/14 11:50am 8/05/14 11:50am