Congress Passes Zika Funding BillCongress passed and President Obama signed a 10-week continuing resolution, which includes $1.1 billion for Zika virus research.
Dr. Whitton's lab focuses on two aspects of virus infection: first, antiviral immunity (how does the infected host control infection, & how do antiviral vaccines work?); and, second, viral pathogenesis (how do viruses cause disease?). To this end he studies an arenavirus, lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus, and an enterovirus, coxsackievirus B3. A more detailed description of his work at Scripps Research Institute can be found here: http://www.scripps.edu/research/ims/faculty.html?name=whitton.