Comment on "Mutation rate and genotype variation of Ebola virus from Mali case sequences"

Science. 2016 Aug 12;353(6300):658. doi: 10.1126/science.aaf3823. Epub 2016 Aug 11.


Hoenen et al (Reports, 3 April 2015, p. 117; published online 26 March) suggested that the Ebola virus Makona responsible for the West African epidemic evolved more slowly than previously reported. We show that this was based on corrupted data. An erratum provided a rate compatible with the initial and later, more precise, estimates but did not correctly state the nature of the error.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Ebolavirus / genetics*
  • Genotype
  • Hemorrhagic Fever, Ebola / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • Mali / epidemiology
  • Mutation Rate