Study: What occurs when Zika infects a human cell? 5 observations

UC San Diego School of Medicine researchers analyzed how the Zika virus spreads in human cells, according to Kaiser Health News.

Cell Host & Microbe published their findings.

Here are five observations:

1. The study revealed when Zika infects a human cell, the cell reacts by modifying viral RNA to kill the infection.

2. This modification, however, triggers human enzymes which may affect the cell's protective shield.

3. The researchers found by modifying the viral RNA, human cells allow Zika to "hide in plain sight," according to the study.

4. Although the finding won't aid in developing a Zika vaccine, the work will help with drug development to prevent birth defects.

5. This discovery will also contribute to future studies into the pregnancy timelines, examining the moment when fetuses are harmed by Zika.

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