Dr Pardis Sabeti, MD/Ph.D., Professor at Harvard University and MIT's Broad Institute, led a team that has sequenced the RNA of 99 ebola viruses collected during the first weeks of the virus' outbreak in Sierra Leone earlier this year.
Dr Sabeti explained the sequence to the L.A. Times:
"The genome sequence of a virus is the blueprint on which that virus is built. Diagnostics are built on knowing that sequence; vaccines are also built using genome sequences. And if you want to build those as best you can, you want to know what the virus looks like today."
To find out more, read the LA Times' piece on the genome.