Zika could one day help combat deadly brain cancer

Virus infects and kills the stem cells that turn into glioblastomas

Zika virus and stem cells

VIRUS VICTORY  Zika virus (green) infects and kills stem cells (red) in human glioblastoma tissue, without infecting healthy brain cells. Because the stem cells generate the brain cancer cells, killing off the stem cells might prevent tumors from recurring.

Z. Zhu et al/Journal of Experimental Medicine 2017

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