The science of Zika revealed: Study finds killer virus infects neural cells related to skull formation
The Zika virus causing an epidemic in Brazil and spreading through the Americas can infect and alter cells in the human nervous system that are crucial for formation of bones and cartilage in the skull, a study has revealed.
The research, published in the journal Cell Host & Microbe, may help explain why babies born to mothers who have had the virus can have smaller-than-average skulls and disproportionate facial features.
Zika has already been shown to attack foetal brain cells known as neural progenitor cells - a type of stem cell that gives rise to various kinds of brain cells.
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