Scientists studying viruses at the University of Wisconsin-Madison recently opened their lab door for a tour, looking to shine a light on their work after being targeted by a Republican bill.

The legislation would have prohibited some of the research that has been done in the past in Madison, and that the researchers said they would like to do again.

Representatives of the UW’s Influenza Research Institute said the tours are given annually when the lab is closed for maintenance and a thorough decontamination.  While the timing of the event was not tied to the proposed legislation, researchers said the tours offer politicians the chance to see their facility firsthand.

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