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Research in Madison may help fight Ebola virusSubmitted: 08/19/2014
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - Research by a University of Wisconsin-Madison scientist will hopefully help in the fight against the Ebola virus.

The strain of the Ebola virus being used is one that cannot make people sick.

The university's bio-safety manager says potential drug therapies for the virus are being tested.

The research is being done in labs that are classified with bio-safety levels of two and three, which require some precautions.


The National Institutes of Health in 2006 had said the research needed to be done in a level four lab, the highest level.

Since the university didn't have such a lab, the research stopped.

In 2010, the N-I-H reversed its decision and said the work could be done in a level two lab.

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