Cell cover on Lassa virus, August 13, 2015

We’re excited to have our cover image features on the August 13th edition of Cell on the evolutionary spread of Lassa virus across West Africa. Similarly to Ebola, Lassa evolves in a host, and has frequent spillover events to humans, causing a deadly disease. The transmission chain of Lassa is mostly contained to the rodent host, with rare human to human transmissions. Researchers across the globe worked on this paper to analyze this debilitating virus and trace its origin.

The illustration is inspired by West African art and represents a tapestry with the continent and evolutionary spread of Lassa. You can find the original issue here.


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