The most detailed image of the Zika virus ever captured might reveal a way to fight the birth-defect causing disease

From Business Insider
June 27, 2018

Zika doesn’t dominate headlines the way it did when it suddenly became widespread in the Americas in 2016.

But the virus is still a serious problem. If a pregnant woman is infected, Zika virus can cause babies to be born with neurological damage and microcephaly (a particularly small head and underdeveloped brain).

The CDC still says that pregnant women, their partners, and people considering pregnancy should postpone travel to large parts of the Caribbean and Latin America.

Researchers are desperately searching for a way to fight the virus. That effort requires a better understanding of the structure of Zika, which would makes it easier to design vaccines or anti-viral drugs.

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