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Two Studies Strengthen Links Between the Zika Virus and Serious Birth Defects

Two Studies Strengthen Links Between the Zika Virus and Serious Birth Defects

Findings published in the journal Cell Stem Cell report that the Zika virus destroys cells that give rise to the brain cortex in the developing fetus. Dr. William Dobyns, a pediatric neurologist at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, called the new paper “highly significant.”

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