Study Shows How Zika Gets Into, Damages Brain

March 4, 2016 11:38 PM

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The Zika virus is capable of quickly infecting and harming developing fetal brain cells, scientists said Friday in a study that provides insight into how the virus might cause the birth defect microcephaly in fetuses.

The researchers said their study, published in the journal Cell Stem Cell, does not prove directly that Zika causes microcephaly, but it does identify where the virus may be inflicting the most damage in developing fetuses.

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