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Scientists Want to Use Zika Virus to Fight Brain Cancer

Scientists Want to Use Zika Virus to Fight Brain Cancer New research published in 'MBio' on Tuesday suggests that the viral disease could become a powerful brain cancer treatment. In 2015, Zika — which is typically spread by mosquitoes — was found to occasionally cause birth defects in children whose mothers had contracted the virus while pregnant. Researchers have been trying to understand for years why the virus attacks the fetal brain. While focusing on developing treatments against Zika, researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch began to wonder if they could put the virus's picky appetite to good use. The deadliest form of brain cancer, glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), seemed like a good place to start. Mice that had human GBM's grafted onto them were given a weakened Zika strain, which killed off stem cells and prolonged their lives. Pei-Yong Shi, geneticist, via Gizmodo

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