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Texas Tech: Only LRN in world at an academic institution working against Zika

TTU helping in understanding ZIka (Source: KCBD) TTU helping in understanding ZIka (Source: KCBD)
Dr. Steve Presley, TTU (Source: KCBD) Dr. Steve Presley, TTU (Source: KCBD)
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Texas Tech is playing an active role in the research of Zika. The university has a special lab that is capable of screening samples for Zika. The lab is called a Laboratory Response Network.

"We're a designated public health laboratory to screen human samples," said Dr. Steve Presley, Director of Biological Threat Research Laboratory.

The city and the state have developed a mutual relationship over the years. 

"My lab is part of the public health emergency preparedness program. if there's a major issue we work with whoever the authority is," said Dr. Presley.

The LRN at Tech is working with the department of state health services to create an action plan in case Zika were ever to come locally transmitted in any part of Texas.

"About six of us....its places like Baylor university, UT El Paso. We all have a part of the state to determine if the vectors occur in those areas. As it progresses we may go to see if the chemicals we use now are controlling the mosquitoes...is it still effective," he said.

The effectiveness of fighting something that we don't know much about is proving difficult for researchers around the world. 

But the lab here at Tech offers a unique perspective unseen anywhere else.

"We're kinda unique. We're the only one out of 120 worldwide at an academic institution. We have our public health hat and our research hat. I know there's a lot  of research Going on at all aspects, but there are a limited number of labs at academic institutions that are involved in the front lines of testing," he said.

Texas Tech is one of those institutions.

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