Scientists have made a major breakthrough in the fight against Ebola, developing a new synthetic vaccine that successfully protected 80% of the mice into which it was injected. More importantly, the new vaccine can be dried down and frozen for storage, the BBC reports; past Ebola vaccines have used real but crippled viral proteins, but have not been able to withstand long-term storage.
The results were published recently in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences. Researchers next intend to try the vaccine on a strain of the disease closer to the one that afflicts humans. (Read more Ebola stories.)