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Stockwatch: The commercial paradox of Ebola

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Executive Summary

There are two factors that limit the ability of the Ebola virus to become a global public health tragedy: its inefficient method of transmission between humans; and its natural reservoir, which seems to be bats located in distal east Africa. These and other facets of the disease paradoxically make the Ebola virus a positive public relations opportunity for big pharmaceutical companies, but a loss-making opportunity for their small biotechnology brethren.


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