Key proteins that make Zika virus so deadly identified

  • In a first comprehensive description of the Zika virus genome, scientists have identified seven key proteins that may make the virus so deadly.
  • Over the past year, scientists have learned that it can cause a range of dangerous health problems, including birth defects such as microcephaly and neurological problems such as Guillain-Barre syndrome.
  • However, they did not know which Zika protein or proteins are causing harm, or exactly how these proteins cause damage.

Study Findings:

Fission yeast used

  • Fission yeast was originally used to make beer, particularly in Africa, where it originated. Over decades, fission yeast has been used by many scientists to find out mechanisms and behaviour of cells.

Source:The Hindu

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