Detailed Image of Zika Virus Could Lead to Better Vaccines and Treatments

The most detailed image yet of the Zika virus could lead to the creation of more effective vaccines and treatments, according to scientists.

The team combined tens of thousands of two-dimensional images to construct a three-dimensional model of Zika's structure, The New York Times reported.

The image may help scientists detect pockets on the surface of the virus where drug molecules could attach.

The research was published in the journal Structure.

Zika triggered a worldwide health crisis in 2015 and 2016 and thousands of women who were infected with the virus during pregnancy had babies with severe birth defects, The Times reported.

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