Scientists identify genetic origin in Zika virus


In a first, researchers have found evidence of higher susceptibility of some babies to the Zika virus due to a genetic origin, a finding that may help in future vaccine strategy.
The results, published in the journal Nature Communications, indicate that the development of the Zika syndrome in babies is not random, it depends on neural progenitor cells susceptibility. 
It is possibly related to variants in several genes or to mechanisms that control gene expression and protein production. "We demonstrated that the infection is not random. It reinforces our hypothesis of a genetic component increasing the susceptibility to congenital Zika syndrome," said lead author Mayana Zatz from the varsity. 

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