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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… Continue Reading from […]

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Giant Viruses Feature Their Own Built-In Antivirus Software 

Mimiviruses are viruses so big they can actually be seen with the naked eye. European scientists have now learned that these bizarre organisms have their own immune system that makes them virtually invulnerable to predatory viruses, suggesting these creatures may actually represent a new branch in the tree of life. Read more… Continue Reading from […]

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Zika Virus Outbreak Prompts CDC to Expand Travel Advisory

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is asking pregnant women to avoid 22 countries that have seen outbreaks of the Zika virus. That’s up eight from just yesterday. Disturbingly, the mosquito-borne virus, which may be causing abnormally small heads in newborns, has also been linked to yet another debilitating disease. Read more… Continue […]

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