Inside a Zika Lab

In a monkey lab at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, researchers are hoping pregnant macaques infected with the Zika virus can yield clues into the biology that is driving the Zika outbreak in the search for a vaccine.

Eric Boodman chronicles his visit to the Zika lab—which, in an unusual move, is posting all of its data online in real time for public use—to observe the daily routine. It includes anesthetizing the macaques to take samples of blood, saliva, feces and urine, taking biopsies, and ferrying the samples to another lab for sequencing.

The quote: “The last six months will go down as the most stressful ever in the 10-plus years I’ve had a lab,” said David O’Connor, the leader of the University of Wisconsin’s fast-tracked Zika project


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