Zika virus
<em>Wolbachia</em>-Laced Mosquitoes to Be Released for Population Control
Wolbachia-Laced Mosquitoes to Be Released for Population Control
Katarina Zimmer | Nov 7, 2017
The US government has approved the deployment of the lab-raised insects to eliminate the Zika- and dengue-transmitting Asian tiger mosquito.
GM Mosquitoes Closer to Release in U.S.
GM Mosquitoes Closer to Release in U.S.
Abby Olena | Oct 13, 2017
The EPA is now in charge of regulating the use of Oxitec’s strain of Aedes aegypti, genetically engineered to reduce populations of the insects.
Zika Vaccine Shows Promise in Early Clinical Trial
Zika Vaccine Shows Promise in Early Clinical Trial
Ashley P. Taylor | Oct 5, 2017
In humans, the DNA vaccine elicited the production of antibodies, which then protected mice from Zika infection.
A Single Mutation in Zika Led to Devastating Effects
A Single Mutation in Zika Led to Devastating Effects
Anna Azvolinsky | Sep 28, 2017
One amino acid change within a viral structural protein makes the difference between mild cases of brain damage and severe microcephaly in mice.
After Harvey, Mosquito Control Ramps Up
After Harvey, Mosquito Control Ramps Up
Abby Olena | Sep 15, 2017
With flooding still several feet high in some parts of Texas, authorities have intensified mosquito control tactics in the hopes of avoiding disease outbreaks.
Dengue Infection Impairs Immune Defense Against Zika
Dengue Infection Impairs Immune Defense Against Zika
Catherine Offord | Aug 18, 2017
A memory B cell response to Zika virus in dengue-infected patients produced antibodies that were poorly neutralizing in vitro and instead enhanced infection.
Zika Linked to More Neurological Problems in Adults
Zika Linked to More Neurological Problems in Adults
Kerry Grens | Aug 14, 2017
A review of several dozen hospitalized patients in Brazil finds neurological conditions, including inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, in addition to Guillain-Barre syndrome.
Pregnant Women Absent from Zika Vaccine Trials
Pregnant Women Absent from Zika Vaccine Trials
Aggie Mika | Aug 14, 2017
Some vaccine developers are taking steps to include them, in line with bioethicists' urging, but it will likely take years before any expectant mothers are enrolled.
Zika Grabs Neural Stem Cell Protein to Cause Damage
Zika Grabs Neural Stem Cell Protein to Cause Damage
Jef Akst | Jun 1, 2017
The new findings, obtained from cell culture experiments, could explain the link between infection with the virus during pregnancy and infant microcephaly.
Tracing Zika’s Spread Through Genetics
Tracing Zika’s Spread Through Genetics
Jef Akst | May 25, 2017
DNA sequencing reveals that the virus responsible for the recent outbreak in the Americas originated in Brazil in 2014 and circulated undetected for months before the first cases were reported.