Week in Review: March 28–April 1

How Zika differs from related viruses; Ebola emergency over; updated US map of Aedes aegypti spread; “vaginal seeding” goes commercial; dying adipocytes release DNA

Tracy Vence
Apr 1, 2016
  • A detailed structure of the Zika virus highlights its similarities to—and one major difference from—other flaviviruses.

  • While additional flare-ups may occur, the World Health Organization this week (March 30) said countries now “have the capacity to respond rapidly to new [Ebola] emergences.”

  • DNA released from dying fat cells stimulates inflammation within murine fat tissue.

The latest on Zika:

US Zika Spread Model Updated
Latest map shows that the mosquito that carries the virus may reach more US cities this summer than previously estimated.

FDA OKs Zika Test for Blood Donations
The US Food and Drug Administration approves conditional use of an investigational test for Zika virus.

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

Wait to Conceive After Zika Infection: CDC
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issues a series of recommendations to limit the pregnancy-related...

Other news in life science:

Startup Licenses “Vaginal Seeding” Approach
Boston-based Commense plans to develop microbial and nonmicrobial interventions aimed at improving child health.

Fecal Transplants Transmit Viruses, Too
Fecal matter transplants may transfer nonpathogenic viruses along with beneficial bacteria, scientists show.

Methylation on adenine bases is involved in the dampening of gene expression in mammalian cells, according to a study.