HEALTH

Zika can kill brain tumors like John McCain’s, study shows – paving the way to a groundbreaking new use for the mosquito-borne virus

Zika virus kills brain tumors like John McCain’s, according to new research.

The mosquito-borne infection is most widely-known for causing birth defects in unborn children, such as microcephaly which stunts brain growth. 

However new research by Washington University School of Medicine found it is possible to use the virus to target tumor cells in adult brains.

Scientists believe it could one day be used alongside traditional treatments like chemotherapy and radiation to eradicate whole tumors.

 

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