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What is the purpose of this Ebola-related patent of the US government?

Having skimmed though the patent, it looks like it is a patent for a weakened version of the virus, that is taking the existing virus and making it non-threatening -- it is certainly not a patent ...
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How much does it cost to buy a patent to protect your invention if you are a civilian, a public member?

A few hundred dollars at first, around 5-8 thousand if you want a patent attorney. Later the maintenance fees go up, but you can always abandon the patent / application.
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If a virus was not created by the U.S. government, what right do they have to a patent on it?

Almost any material is eligible for submitting an application. In fact, government-sponsored commercial research (through the federal SBIR programs) carries a mandate as part of the terms of funding ...
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