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UNL Expert Alert: Researchers with Nebraska ties join fight against Zika

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Two sources connected to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are joining the fight against the Zika virus.

Asit Pattnaik of the Nebraska Center for Virology is consulting with colleagues to begin a Zika research effort, with an end goal of developing a vaccine or an anti-viral medication.  The first step is to replicate the virus under laboratory conditions to better understand how to develop a vaccine. This effort could take years, he says.

Daniel Brooks, a parasitologist and a senior research fellow with the H.W. Manter Laboratory of Parasitology, has been a vocal spokesman for scientists who are concerned climate change will lead to more disease outbreaks, with changing habitats exposing people, plants and livestock to new parasites and pathogens. He will participate in a Climate Science and Policy conference  at University of California, Santa Cruz, Feb. 26-27.

Here is more information about Pattnaik and Brooks.

Virologists consider response to Zika | UNL Newsroom | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

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National News editor

University Communications, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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