zika virus

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Stories about outstanding scientists topped the charts in the month of March, but readers were also curious about feats of engineering and studies about diseases.

Mother’s Dengue Exposure Worsens Impact Of Zika Virus On Fetus

Antibodies against the dengue virus can promote the transmission of the Zika virus from mother to fetus, resulting in more severe brain damage, say researchers in Singapore.

Targeting The Achilles’ Heel Of Zika Virus

Singapore-based scientists have engineered a peptide that can rupture the Zika virus membrane and pass through the blood-brain barrier, making it a potential therapeutic against the disease.

Neutralizing Antibody Shields Mice From Zika Virus

A single injection of a human neutralizing antibody is enough to protect developing mouse embryos against Zika virus infection and microcephaly, researchers say.

Zika Vaccine Candidate Produced In Insect Cells

Chinese scientists have used insect cells to produce Zika envelope proteins that can elicit a protective immune response against Zika infection in mice.

Antioxidants Prevent Sexual Transmission Of Zika Virus In Mice

The antioxidant drug ebselen can prevent sexual transmission of Zika from male to female mice, according to research by scientists in Taiwan.

Chloroquine Blocks Zika Infection In Mice

Scientist in China have demonstrated that the FDA-approved drug chloroquine prevents Zika virus infection and its associated congenital microcephaly in mice.

Blocking The Zika Virus’ Escape Route

Scientists in Singapore and Switzerland have developed an antibody that neutralizes multiple strains of Zika virus.

A Mathematical Approach To Virus Classification

New research supports a structure-based classification system for viruses which could help in the identification and treatment of emerging viruses like Zika.

Serum From Recovered Patient Prevents Zika-Induced Microcephaly

A study by researchers in China shows that convalescent serum can prevent Zika virus replication and microcephaly in mice.