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New Screening Approach Reveals Novel Regulators of Microcephaly
New Screening Approach Reveals Novel Regulators of Microcephaly
Researchers combine organoids, CRISPR-Cas9, and cellular barcoding technologies to identify genes that influence brain size.
New Screening Approach Reveals Novel Regulators of Microcephaly
New Screening Approach Reveals Novel Regulators of Microcephaly

Researchers combine organoids, CRISPR-Cas9, and cellular barcoding technologies to identify genes that influence brain size.

Researchers combine organoids, CRISPR-Cas9, and cellular barcoding technologies to identify genes that influence brain size.

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Does Prior Dengue Exposure Help or Hurt a Zika Infection?
Diana Kwon | Mar 6, 2019 | 5 min read
Animal and cell culture studies show evidence that dengue antibodies can both neutralize and enhance Zika, but human investigations have only found protective effects.
Viruses Related to Zika May Also Harm Fetuses
Ruth Williams | Jan 31, 2018 | 3 min read
Studies in mice suggest that other flaviviruses, such as West Nile virus and Powassan virus, may cause birth defects, too. 
Parts of U.S. Saw an Increase in Zika-Linked Birth Defects in 2016
Katarina Zimmer | Jan 26, 2018 | 2 min read
The rise occurred in areas with confirmed local transmission, according to a new CDC report. 
Maternal Response to Zika Damages Mouse Fetuses
Catherine Offord | Jan 5, 2018 | 2 min read
Signaling pathways triggered by the mother’s immune system may cause complications during fetal development.
A Single Mutation in Zika Led to Devastating Effects
Anna Azvolinsky | Sep 28, 2017 | 4 min read
One amino acid change within a viral structural protein makes the difference between mild cases of brain damage and severe microcephaly in mice.
Zika Virus Persists in the Nervous System and Elsewhere
Ruth Williams | Apr 27, 2017 | 3 min read
Studies of infected rhesus monkeys reveal the virus’s long-term hiding places in the body.
CDC Recommends Brain Imaging for Zika-Affected Babies
Tracy Vence | Apr 6, 2017 | 2 min read
Infants born to mothers who were infected with the virus during pregnancy—including babies who do not show signs of microcephaly—may experience other birth defects.
Scientists Confirm Zika's Link to Neurological Disorders
Diana Kwon | Jan 3, 2017 | 1 min read
A literature review of more than 100 studies confirms that microcephaly, Guillain-Barre syndrome, and related conditions are linked to Zika virus infection.
Zika’s Persistence in Infants
Ben Andrew Henry | Dec 14, 2016 | 1 min read
Microcephaly is but one of the birth defects associated with infection in babies, a study suggests. The virus persists and replicates in the infant brain, according to another study.
Zika-Associated Microcephaly Can Present After Birth
Tracy Vence | Nov 22, 2016 | 2 min read
Researchers report on more than a dozen cases in which babies who showed signs of in-utero infection but were born without symptoms of congenital Zika syndrome went on to develop brain abnormalities. 
Zika Infects Adult Monkeys’ Brains
Kerry Grens | Oct 5, 2016 | 2 min read
A laboratory study finds the virus in the cerebellum in addition to body fluids.
Study: Zika-Exposed Babies 50 Times More Likely to Be Born with Microcephaly
Jef Akst | Sep 16, 2016 | 1 min read
Scientists estimate the risk to fetuses exposed to the virus in utero.
Zika Update
Tanya Lewis | Jul 26, 2016 | 2 min read
Researchers in Brazil ponder whether virus alone causes birth defects; Colombia declares epidemic over; first Zika-related microcephaly case reported in Europe
Zika Update
Tanya Lewis | Jul 5, 2016 | 2 min read
Sexual transmission more common than thought; NIH to track infections among Olympians; Zika-related birth defects draw attention to another common virus
Improving Zika Virus Detection in Infants
Catherine Offord | Jun 29, 2016 | 2 min read
Head circumference is not an accurate indicator of viral infection in newborns, researchers report.
Study: No Zika–Microcephaly Link Late in Pregnancy
Catherine Offord | Jun 16, 2016 | 2 min read
Babies born to mothers infected with Zika during the third trimester have a low risk of developing microcephaly, researchers report.
WHO to People in Zika-Affected Areas: Consider Delaying Pregnancy
Tanya Lewis | Jun 10, 2016 | 2 min read
New recommendation from the World Health Organization could affect millions of people across Latin America and the Caribbean.
Potential Route for Zika from Mother to Fetus
Catherine Offord | May 31, 2016 | 2 min read
Placental macrophages called Hofbauer cells are particularly vulnerable to infection by the virus, a study shows.
Scientists Estimate Zika-Related Microcephaly Risk
Catherine Offord | May 25, 2016 | 2 min read
A fetus whose mother is infected with Zika during the first trimester of her pregnancy has a risk of between 1 percent and 13 percent of developing microcephaly, according to a study.
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