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Cutting-edge research shows how Zika attacks fetal brains
Medical News Today

The Zika virus is big news. Transmitted by the mosquito and causing only mild symptoms in adults, its effect on the unborn child can be devastating.

Zika has been shown to induce microcephaly in infants – a condition characterized by a particularly small head and brain. The virus also appears to be able to cause other brain abnormalities.

Medical science is scrambling to get a handle on the way in which the virus interacts with fetal tissue in the hope that some kind of defense against its advance can be created.

A research group, led by Guo-li Ming and Hongjun Song, used an ingenious method to uncover fresh information about how Zika makes these severe changes to the developing brain.

Previous work by the Hopkins team helped demonstrate that Zika virus infection is linked to the death of neural stem cells.