New insights into how the Zika virus causes microcephaly
A study published today in Science shows that the Zika virus hijacks a human protein called Musashi-1 (MSI1) to allow it to replicate in, and kill, neural stem cells. Almost all MSI1 protein in the developing embryo is produced in the neural stem cells that will eventually develop into the baby's brain, which could explain why these cells are so vulnerable to Zika.
Vacuna against Zika virus
A single-dose mRNA-based vaccine shows positive results in experimental pharmacology against zika, according to research published today in the journal Nature. We observed a rapid and lasting protective immunity without adverse events. We think this vaccine candidate is a promising strategy in the fight against the Zika virus, said Drew Weissman, lead author of the study.