Researchers have shown a way to engineer zika virus to attack and destroy brain cancer stem cells. Since the virus tends to affect stem cells in the fetus’ brain, researchers say it could be directed to infect glioblastoma cells.
Pregnant women get infected by Zika virus through the bite of a mosquito which is infected. It is not apparent how the virus is transmitted between people. Zika virus may remain concealed in sperm, saliva, breast milk and urine but scientists don’t know yet if these fluids can transmit and infection.