Toward a Cure for Ebola and Rabies

A new antiviral could tackle two of the world's most feared viral villains.

Two of the world’s most feared viral villains may have met their match. Rabies, with a nearly 100 percent mortality rate, and the gruesome hemorrhagic virus Ebola belong to a particularly nasty family — and neither disease has a cure. In March, John Connor, a virologist at the Boston University School of Medicine, and his team identified a synthetic compound that appears to shut down replication in Ebola and other members of the nonsegmented, negative strand (NNS) RNA virus family. B...