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Zika Up Close

By | March 31, 2016

A detailed structure of the pathogen highlights its similarities to—and one major difference from—other flaviviruses. 

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How Zika Infiltrates Developing Brains

By | March 30, 2016

Zika virus may commandeer a receptor on the surface of neural progenitor cells, scientists show.

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Wait to Conceive After Zika Infection: CDC

By | March 29, 2016

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issues a series of recommendations to limit the pregnancy-related risks of the mosquito-borne virus.

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Simplified Magnetogenetics

By | March 25, 2016

A new technique allows researchers to rapidly and reversibly activate neurons with a magnetically sensitive protein.

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image: Zika Brought to Americas in 2013

Zika Brought to Americas in 2013

By | March 24, 2016

A new analysis places the virus’s arrival around one year earlier than previously estimated.

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Contacts May Affect Eye Microbiome

By | March 23, 2016

The bacterial communities in the eyes of contact lens wearers resemble those of the skin, according to a study. 

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New Test for Zika OKed

By | March 22, 2016

The US Food and Drug Administration gave emergency approval for a combination diagnostic that can distinguish between Zika, dengue, and chikungunya infections.

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Origins of Dysentery

By | March 22, 2016

A new genomic analysis reveals that the pathogen responsible for the gastrointestinal disease likely originated in Europe and hitched a ride to new lands with settlers.

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Recovering Lost Memories

By | March 21, 2016

Researchers use optogenetics to induce recall in an Alzheimer’s mouse model, suggesting the disease may not destroy memories permanently.

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Microbial Recycler Found

By | March 14, 2016

Researchers discover a new species of bacteria that can break down a commonly used plastic.

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