Zika virus to be used to fight brain tumor

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London: According to the information given by the United Kingdom Cancer Research, the researchers are likely to test the probability of using Zika virus to target and damage brain tumor cells which might be a source for cancer treatments.

As per the reports, the project, funded by Cancer Research UK, will be carried out by a team led by Harry Bulstrode at the University of Cambridge.

The team will use tumor cells in the lab and in mice to test the effect of the Zika virus on glioblastoma, the most common and aggressive form of brain tumour.

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Zika virus infection in pregnancy causes severe disability in babies by attacking stem cells in the developing brain.

But since the brain of an adult is fully developed, Zika usually causes no more than mild flu-like symptoms, according to Cancer Research UK.

The Zika virus is believed to be able to cross the blood-brain barrier, and could target cancer cells, sparing normal adult brain tissue and potentially opening up a new way to attack the disease.

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