17:49 Apr. 1, 2016
The virus' 3D structure has been revealed
The incredible image above is the 3D structure of the Zika virus, which has only just been revealed. The finding could help scientists determine how the virus is transmitted and, hopefully, how to prevent infection, according to The Verge.
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The report, published today in Science, describes the virus as a spherical structure resembling that of the dengue virus and other viruses in its genus, known as "flaviviruses." But the 3D rendition also reveals some important differences.
A representation of the surface of the Zika virus is shown. (Purdue University image/courtesy of Kuhn and Rossmann research groups)
For example, scientists found the virus' outer shell is slightly different from that of other viruses. This could help researchers attack the virus as a whole, or at the very least, prevent it from attaching to human cells.