High Resolution Structure of Zika solved!

This semester, the Zika virus has been making news, with fears of microcephaly and Guillain-Barre autoimmune disorders.  My students and I were curious about what is known about the biology of this virus, and it was the focus of our scientific literacy assignment this term for both my Cell Biology and Evolution classes.

It’s therefore very timely that the best study of the Zika viral structure was published in Science (and the authors kindly provided the animation below)!

Sirohi, D., Chen, Z., Sun, L., Klose, T., Pierson, T. C., Rossmann, M. G., & Kuhn, R. J. (2016). The 3.8 Å resolution cryo-EM structure of Zika virus. Science. doi:10.1126/science.aaf5316

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