The Zika virus pandemic is sweeping across Latin America, sparking a surge in research aimed at learning more about the virus and to devise a vaccine against it.

There are many things that are unknown about Zika, including exactly how the virus is causing pregnant women to deliver babies suffering from microcephaly, which is a condition in which infants are born with smaller-than-average heads and poor brain development.

It’s also a mystery how the virus, which usually only causes mild symptoms similar to a cold, is leading to Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a nerve disorder that can cause temporary paralysis. Read more…

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New visualization reveals the Zika virus at atomic level