Zika Virus Proteins Causing Birth And Neurological Defects Identified
A group of researchers has recently identified seven proteins linked to Zika Virus. According to their study, these proteins were found to be the key components that cause birth and neurological defects among humans. Such discovery is expected by scientists to be a guide to the formulation of medication for Zika.
Recently, researchers from the University of Maryland's School of Medicine noted down an important discovery. They happened to touch as they were studying the Zika virus itself. Reports revealed that there are seven unknown proteins causing Zika to be a lethal disease. Details of the research were then published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal.
According to Zee News, the team used yeast cells to find out how Zika virus affects them. Lead researcher Richard Zhao specifically used fission yeasts as they are popular scientific models used in observing cellular activities. Following this, the team reportedly exposed the fission yeasts to the proteins of Zika virus. The researchers then saw which of the proteins causes cellular harm as 7 out of the 14 Zika proteins studied killed the fusion yeast cells. The rest reportedly inhibited cell growth.
The Zika virus has become one of the most serious diseases transmitted by mosquito species and through sexual activities. However, the nature of Zika has been mysterious and scientists are still studying how the virus affects the human body notes Science Focus. The side effects of the virus though have been observed, being fevers, joint pains, and muscle soreness. These mild symptoms go away quickly, but for pregnant women, the virus proves to be lethal.
Zika virus has caused multiple serious birth defects as fetuses are still in development. The effects include seizures, microcephaly and cognitive problems. As is the case, doctors recommend delaying pregnancy. Zika has been studied thoroughly by numerous scientists already and experts have already formulated a working vaccine, but is still in its early clinical trials.
Nothing much is still known about the virus and how it can cause too much damage on human body. The researching team reportedly will conduct further studies on Zika virus, this time to discover the effects of the proteins on human cells.
Kim Kardashian Secret Diet: How To Recover From Feasting On NYE
Kim Kardashian and other Hollywood personalities have shared their secret diet programs which made them shed up to 75 pounds of their weight. Kim revealed using a special diet program partnered with a special fitness regime.
Mars Manned Mission: NASA Scouts For Possible Landing Sites On Mars
NASA has revealed the progress of their preparation for the next Mars manned mission slated for launch in 2020. The organization is currently picking the best spot on the red planet for the said mission.
Zika Virus Cure: China Mosquito Factory Experimenting On Possible Cure
The China mosquito factory is reportedly experimenting on a possible prevention and Zika virus cure. It has been revealed that the aim of the factory focuses on eliminating the virus causing mosquito and developing more of the good kind.
Zika Virus Could Have Harmful Heart Effects
The ZXika virus has many negative effects on people afflicted by it. The Zika virus could have harmful heart effects as well.
Zika Virus In Tourists Is More Severe, Scientists Say
Researchers say that Zika virus could affect tourists more severely with its complications that previously thought. The study looked at Canadian trvelers and they found that some of them suffered more serious symptoms than anticipted.
Zika Vaccine: Human Trials On Mosquito Saliva Begin
Human testing has begun on a new vaccine that makes humans taste bad to Aedes Aegypti, the Zika-carrying tropical mosquito. The National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) launched last week Phase 1 of clinical trials to test a vaccine intended to protect against mosquito-born viruses.
MORE IN ITECHPOST
Startup Developed a Smart Face Mask That Translates Speech Into Eight Different Languages
A Japanese robotics company developed a smart face mask that can help communication between people wearing face coverings. It is capable of amplifying the wearer’s voice and translating speech into eight different languages.
Tech Leaders and Health Authorities Join Forces, Launch New Initiative to Help Fight Pandemic and Future Epidemics
Two contact tracing apps have been successfully launched recently in Canada and Ireland. The open-source code underlying these apps has been contributed to a newly launched initiative to help other countries and U.S. states in the fight against the pandemic.
Fairy Tail Game Releases a Season Pass, a Week After It Was Launched
The anime RPG Fairy Tail from Koei Tecmo has just released a season pass that will release additional characters and content into the game, just a week after it was launched.