Zika virus
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.
A Triple Threat
A Triple Threat
Ashley P. Taylor | May 22, 2017
The mosquitoes that carry Zika may be able to transmit two other viruses at the same time.
Zika's Economic Burden
Zika's Economic Burden
Jef Akst | May 11, 2017
A new analysis estimates that the viral disease could cost between $183 million and more than $10 billion in the U.S. alone. 
Quick and Cheap Zika Detection
Quick and Cheap Zika Detection
Ruth Williams | May 3, 2017
A heat block, a truck battery, and a novel RNA amplification assay make for in-the-field surveillance of the virus.
Zika Virus Persists in the Nervous System and Elsewhere
Zika Virus Persists in the Nervous System and Elsewhere
Ruth Williams | Apr 27, 2017
Studies of infected rhesus monkeys reveal the virus’s long-term hiding places in the body.
<em>Wolbachia</em>-infected Mosquitoes Released in Florida
Wolbachia-infected Mosquitoes Released in Florida
Kerry Grens | Apr 19, 2017
The bacterium causes eggs to die, and spreading treated insects is expected to curb Aedes aegypti populations.
CRISPR-Based Nucleic Acid Test Debuts
CRISPR-Based Nucleic Acid Test Debuts
Diana Kwon | Apr 13, 2017
SHERLOCK combines CRISPR-Cas13a with isothermal RNA amplification to detect RNA and DNA with single-base specificity.
Keeping the Blood Supply Zika-Free
Keeping the Blood Supply Zika-Free
Diana Kwon | Apr 7, 2017
Blood donation centers across the U.S. are required to screen samples for signs of the mosquito-borne virus. Some have questioned whether it’s always necessary.
CDC Recommends Brain Imaging for Zika-Affected Babies
CDC Recommends Brain Imaging for Zika-Affected Babies
Tracy Vence | Apr 6, 2017
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.
DNA-Based Zika Vaccine Reaches Phase 2
DNA-Based Zika Vaccine Reaches Phase 2
Tracy Vence | Apr 4, 2017
An NIAID-sponsored clinical trial advances beyond safety testing.