Scientists Clone Zika Virus in Step Toward Vaccine

May 17, 2016

(CNN) – Scientists have for the first time cloned the Zika virus, a development that could bring a desperately needed vaccine within closer reach. The mosquito-borne virus — which can also be sexually transmitted — has torn through Latin America in recent months, bringing an increase in microcephaly, a condition in which babies are born with abnormally small heads and underdeveloped brains.

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