Zika virus and the fetus

An epidemic of Zika virus infection began in Brazil in April 2015, and six months later there was a surge in the number of infants born with microcephaly. Confirming that Zika virus causes microcephaly will require much more information than is currently available. So far there have been few isolations of Zika virus RNA from microcephalic fetuses or amniotic fluid. …

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TWiV 193: Live at ASV in Madison

On episode #193 of the science show This Week in Virology, recorded at the 31st Annual Meeting of the American Society for Virology in Madison, Vincent, Rich, Carolyn, and Sara discussed genetic conflict between viral and human genes, and how the placenta protects the fetus against viral infection. You can find TWiV #193 at www.microbe.tv/twiv.

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