An NIH study suggests that marmoset models are the optimum option for testing new drugs for MERS
Scientists from the National Institutes of Health have found that the Middle East Respiratory (MERS) virus in marmosets provokes a very similar response to humans afflicted with MERS caused pneumonia.
The doctors began testing MERS treatments on marmosets after using computer models to determine that their DNA could be affected by the MERS virus.
This has not been the only monkey model used for MERS. In 2012. the NIH researchers used rhesus macaques as models for the disease. However, it was found that rhesus macaques were not a suitable model for the disease because they recover rapidly from the MERS virus, unlike humans.
It is the hope of the researchers involved that this new marmoset model will allow new drugs for the treatment of MERS t o be developed.
Read more about it here: NIH Scientists Establish New Monkey Model of Severe MERS-CoV Disease
Image source: CSU/NIAID