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Hope That an Old Drug Might Treat Zika

Scientists are having a difficult time finding a treatment for the Zika virus in part because so few drugs are safe for pregnant women. But one antibiotic has shown promise.

neuroscience

New Insights Into How Zika Harms the Brain

Researchers are racing to understand how the Zika virus causes birth defects. Their first results have revealed tantalizing clues about how the virus interferes with the developing brain — and how it might be stopped.

Biology

Networks Untangle Malaria’s Deadly Shuffle

By examining regions shared between some of nature’s most variable genes, malaria researchers are piecing together an understanding of a deadly parasite.

machine learning

Decoding Flu Viruses Before an Outbreak

Machine learning techniques are helping scientists pinpoint the mutations that allow bird and pig viruses to infect humans.