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Scientists Are Turning Zika Virus Into a Weapon Against Brain Cancer

A devastating viral disease could actually help treat and prevent brain cancer in the future, suggests yet more research, published Tuesday in MBio. Researchers at the University of Texas and elsewhere successfully used a modified version of the Zika virus to selectively kill off certain stem cells that allow brain tumours to stay alive, at least in mice. Read More >>

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How Astonishing Zika Virus Images Were Made With a Nobel-Prize Winning Technique

Pretty Scientific is a new Gizmodo series where we explore how the best images in science were created and why. Read More >>

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Zika Virus Kills Brain Cancer Cells in Mice

The Zika virus played the role of 2016's worst health story. At the centre of that story was the virus’ heartbreaking link to microcephalic babies when it infected their pregnant mothers. But sometimes, the worst vectors can still be used for good. Read More >>

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The WHO Was Wrong to Say Zika Is No Longer an Emergency

Late last week, the World Health Organization declared that the Zika virus, along with its related neurological complications, no longer constitutes an international emergency. The announcement is a troubling development that could threaten important research, while also undermining those who are most affected, namely women, children, and the poor. Read More >>

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Zika Virus Causes Mouse Testes and Sperm Count to Shrink Dramatically

A new study linking Zika to testicle shrinkage has been published in Nature magazine, triggering a renewed interest in the virus, particularly amongst the world’s male population. Read More >>

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Scientists Hope to Eradicate Disease With Massive Mosquito Orgy

The mosquito genocide is beginning. Millions of genetically modified versions of the useless vampire insects are being prepared for release in Brazil. If all goes according to plan, the mosquitoes will have a huge sex party and begin to kill off all of their natural counterparts. Read More >>

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Walt Disney World Won’t Say The Word Zika

Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld Florida have all put up signs about mosquito prevention efforts today. The Florida theme parks will also start offering free mosquito repellent to any visitors who ask for it. But curiously you won’t find the one word that matters on any of the signs or handouts: Zika. Read More >>

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The Zika Epidemic Has Been Given a Three-Year Expiration Date

Models produced by researchers at Imperial College London indicate that the ongoing Zika epidemic in parts of Latin American will likely burn itself out within three years. Finally, we have some good news to share about this dreadful disease. Read More >>

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A US Government-Funded Zika Study Will Use Olympic Athletes as Guinea Pigs

In an effort to learn more about the dreaded disease, the US National Institutes of Health is funding a study in which a group of US athletes, coaches, and staff will be monitored for exposure to the Zika virus while attending the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Brazil. Read More >>

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The List of Zika Birth Defects Is Even Longer Than We Thought

Since the US Centers for Disease Control confirmed that the Zika virus could cause microcephaly in newborns, the list of the effects of the virus only continues to grow. Read More >>

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A Zika Vaccine is Now Ready for Human Test Subjects

The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention has granted clinical trial approval for an experimental Zika vaccine. The drug, which will be tested on a small sampling of human participants, arrives a mere five months after the World Health Organization declared Zika a public health emergency. Read More >>

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7 Bullshit Cures For Zika That Are Spreading Online

The Zika virus has officially spread to over 50 countries, including the United States. And like public health threats of the past, there are plenty of hucksters trying to sell “natural” remedies for Zika online. But they’re all bullshit. Read More >>

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Zika Can Cause Birth Defects Even If Mothers Show No Symptoms

A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that Zika-infected women who are in their third trimester have virtually no chance of having children with microcephaly. Troublingly, the same study shows that women who exhibit no symptoms can still give birth to babies with brain abnormalities. Read More >>

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You Don’t Need to Freeze Your Sperm if You’re Going to the Olympics

In preparation for the upcoming Olympics in Brazil, British long jump champion Greg Rutherford is planning to freeze his sperm just in case he contracts Zika. It’s meant as a precaution to prevent any future children from developing birth defects, but in reality it’s a complete overreaction based on unfounded fears. Read More >>

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Watch How Mosquitos Use Six Gross Needles to Suck Our Blood

Mosquitos are little bastards that do more killing, spread more disease, and cause more annoyance than any other creature on Earth. That’s because they have a really sophisticated system for biting us to suck our blood. But exactly how they bite might surprise you. Read More >>