Seattle Scientists First to Show Monkey Model of Zika Damage
Paving the way for potential treatments for Zika virus infections, Seattle scientists have become the first to demonstrate the devastating effects of the disease in a monkey, an animal that closely resembles humans. Researchers with the University of Washington Center for Innate Immunity and Immune Disease reported the first case of Zika-caused brain damage in the fetus of a nonhuman primate: a single pigtail macaque. Dr. Kristina Adams Waldorf, the UW expert who was lead author on the study published in the journal Nature Medicine, led the 32-member team behind the work, along with senior authors Dr. Lakshmi Rajagopal, an infectious-disease expert at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, and Michael Gale Jr., a UW immunologist.
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