Mariana Lenharo

Mariana Lenharo is a science and health journalist whose writing has appeared in Scientific American, Mother Jones, Elemental, BBC News Brasil, among other publications. Having covered topics as diverse as astrophysics, neuroscience and climate change, Lenharo developed a particular interest in evidence-based medicine, public health and epidemics. She is currently based in São Paulo, Brazil.

To Study Zika, They Offered Their Kids. Then They Were Forgotten

“We feel diminished,” says Alessandra Hora dos Santos. “It’s like we were lab rats. They come in nicely, collect information, collect exams on the child, and in the end we don’t know of any results. It’s like we are being used without even knowing why that is being done.”

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