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La Jolla Scientist Uses Crowdfunding to Raise Money for Ebola Cure Research

Tony Perry | LA Times   in 
October 13, 2014

A scientist at the Scripps Research Institute who is leading an international effort to find a cure for Ebola has turned to crowdfunding to raise money to buy equipment to speed her work.

Erica Ollman Saphire, a professor in the department of immunology and microbial science at the La Jolla-based institute, placed an appeal on the website www.crowdrise.com/CureEbola in hopes of raising $100,000 to supplement funding from the federal government.

Scientists turn to crowdfunding to support research

Twenty-five laboratories in seven countries are sending antibodies to Scripps so that Saphire and other researchers can hunt for the best combination to fight Ebola.

“With the Ebola virus, we’re in a race,” Saphire said.

According to the Scripps’ Facebook page; “Samples are being sent to her lab from around the world, but the number of samples outpaces the ability of her current equipment to process them. Funding for equipment and staff will allow Dr. Saphire to work more aggressively to fight Ebola.”

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