The Hot Zone

What is the characteristic shape Murphy and his fellow scientists notice about the virus?

part 1, section 7

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The characteristic shape Murphy noticed was called the shepherd's crook.

They saw snakes, pigtails, branchy, forked things that looked like the letter Y, and they noticed squiggles like a small g, and bends like the letter U, and loopy 6s. They also noticed a classic shape, which they began calling the shepherd’s crook. Other Ebola experts have taken to calling this loop the eyebolt, after a bolt of the same name that can be found in a hardware store.

Preston, Richard (2012-03-14). The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus (p. 115). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.