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High-Resolution Snapshot of Zika Virus Reveals Clues to Fighting It

Dr. Peter Katona, an adjunct professor of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and a clinical professor of medicine in infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted in The New York Times about research capturing the clearest and most detailed images yet of Zika. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Scientists have captured the clearest and most detailed image yet of Zika, the virus that set off a global health crisis in 2015 and 2016 and left thousands of babies with serious birth defects. The work could contribute to the development of more effective vaccines and treatments to combat the virus.

The research, published Tuesday in the journal Structure, combined tens of thousands of two-dimensional images to construct a three-dimensional model of the virus’s structure.

The team used electron microscopy, a technique that sends beams of electrons through a particle, projecting an image. The wavelengths of electrons — much shorter than that of light — are roughly the same as the distance between atoms, so scientists are able to perceive minute details.

“Previous studies didn’t hit this level of granularity,” said Dr. Peter Katona, an infectious disease specialist at the University of California, Los Angeles, who was not involved in the study.

Read more in The New York Times