SfN2016: Updates on the effects of Zika virus on the developing brain

Written by Lauren Pulling

Day 2 of SnF’s Neuroscience 2016 in San Diego (CA, USA) covered a range of hot topics, with some key research highlighted by the society from groups investigating Zika virus. One group of researchers, led by Patricia Garcez (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), has demonstrated that Zika infection can lead to inhibition of cell division and alter the program for cell differentiation. They cultured fetal brain tissue-like neurospheres from human stem cells exposed to a strain of the virus collected from Brazilian patients. Three days after exposure, they observed that infected cells were smaller in...

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