Can the Zika Virus Combat Brain Cancer?
They’re itching for further study. New research has found a promising use for the Zika virus: killing brain cancer cells. Zika may be infamous for causing birth defects by attacking the stem cells of fetuses in the womb, but researchers have now shown that the same mechanism also makes it perfect for attacking glioblastoma stem cells, which cause the most common kind of brain cancer. The treatment has returned positive results in early testing with mice, and researchers are hoping for human trials in the next few years.