Fetal mice with Zika infection get microcephaly

Posted by on May 11, 2016 5:17 pm
Categories: Science

Mouse fetuses injected with the Asian Zika virus strain and carried to term within their pregnant mothers display the characteristic features of microcephaly, researchers report. As expected, the virus infected the neural progenitor cells, and infected brains reveal expression of genes related to viral entry, altered immune response, and cell death. The authors say this is direct evidence that Zika infection causes microcephaly in an animal model.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *