NWTC students studying retroviruses

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay (WLUK)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- Four students from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College are spending their summer studying viruses.

That includes HIV and how it's spread.

Staff at NWTC say it's the first round of scientific research ever done at a technical college in Wisconsin.

The students are trying to find a way to kill retroviruses without killing healthy cells in the body.

"The students in here are working with a mouse model of HIV mirroring leukemia virus and so once we find out all the information we can about the mouse model, we're going to move on to the actual human retroviruses," said biology program director, Angelo Kolokithas.

The research lab was built in January.

Kolokithas says it's providing a rare opportunity for undergraduate students.

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