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Scientists: One genetic change made Zika dangerous

Scientists: One genetic change made Zika dangerous

September 28, 2017 04:40 PM

There’s a breakthrough in efforts to better understand the Zika virus.

Scientists have discovered just one genetic change is to blame for turning the once harmless virus into a dangerous illness. They made the discovery while comparing Zika strains from 2010 to those from 2016.

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Although the virus changed over time, just one single mutation triggered severe neurological birth defects.

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