JAX ramps up ‘humanized’ mouse production for pandemic fight

Jackson Laboratory, headquartered in Bar Harbor, is scaling up production of research mice designed to help scientists around the world develop vaccines and treatments for COVID-19.

On a parallel track, the lab is ramping up its test capacity for COVID-19 infection from 550 tests per day to 20,000 tests per day by early July, for residents of Connecticut, where the lab has a second facility.

The work is being done as new research reveals more information about how the virus attacks multiple organs, and even its ability to attack the immune system itself.

“We’re dealing with a killer and we need to know exactly how the killer works,” said the lab’s scientific director, Nadia Rosenthal. Read more

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