A lot has happened in the past few months. Starting last November, we began working on a nonhuman primate model for studying Zika virus. We were fortunate to receive funding from NIH and pilot funding from the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center to support these studies. In turn, we made our results available to the community in real-time at http://zika.labkey.com/. A preprint of our first manuscript describing our efforts is available through Biorxiv and will hopefully be published in a peer-reviewed journal soon. There has been a lot of interest in both the data, our opinions about Zika virus research, and our decision to share it publicly. This has lead to an unusual amount of media attention, including:

Our work was even mentioned indirectly during a White House press conference!

In addition to Zika virus work, we've also been very busy studying macaque genetics and genomics. We are aggressively moving towards Pacific Biosciences long-read transcript sequencing for major histocompatibility complex and killer immunoglobulin receptor genotyping and allele discovery, work that will be funded by a newly awarded contract renewal from the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Meanwhile, Michael Graham has been prototyping a new "virtual reality" browser that uses an Oculus Rift to visualize variation in human and macaque genomes. Also, lots of congratulations to go around….

I have also been busy since the start of the year, talking about our research at the:

Now that the summer is here I hope we will have time to take a deep breath for the first time in several months!