Texas center 1 of 4 to receive Zika research funding

A representation of the surface of the Zika virus. Handout from Purdue University (courtesy of Kuhn and Rossmann research groups).

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced about $10 million in federal funding for the University of Texas Medical Branch to study emerging and exotic pathogens such as Zika.

The Galveston County Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/2hcaWal ) that the medical branch is one of four universities to receive the funding. The other centers receiving funding are the University of Florida, the University of Wisconsin and Cornell University.

Medical branch officials say they will release details in the coming weeks of how the funding will be used.

The University of Texas Medical Branch is internationally known for infectious disease research, including its Galveston National Laboratory— one of two Biosafety Level 4 labs in the country.

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Information from: The Galveston County Daily News, http://www.galvnews.com