Zika Starts New Vaccine Race

Published: Feb 29, 2016

The vaccine to the Zika virus may be sitting in a freezer in Paulo Verardi's lab in Storrs.

Here, in the nondescript Atwater Laboratory, in the shadow of the hulking chemistry building, the Brazil native first grew concerned about the mosquito-borne disease that has been linked to devastating birth defects.

Verardi is at the forefront of Connecticut's efforts to develop a vaccine for the virus, which has now spread to more than 30 countries and affected more than a million people in Brazil alone.

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