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Anti Zika antibodies found in mice

Scientists are also planning to involve primates in their study after mice

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Publish Date: Jul 28 2016 2:07PM | Updated Date: Jul 28 2016 2:07PM

Anti Zika antibodies found in mice
With a huge number of microcephaly and with lot of lives at risk, Zika may prove to be another epidemic in the history of mankind. 
Amidst all this, US researchers claim to have identified antibodies that specifically protect against Zika virus infection in mice.
In the research conducted by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, the researchers found that mice can produce anti-Zika antibodies.
In their experiment on mice around six antibodies were found out of which, four were capable of preventing Zika virus. 
The study also showed that the antibodies bound exclusively to Zika and not to related viruses, which means they are specific enough to be used in diagnostic tests.
Then, they used a technique called X-ray crystallography to zero in on the binding site and found the two most protective antibodies bound to the same region of a particular Zika protein, the envelope protein that covers the surface of the virus.
 As mice are different from human beings in basic structure, scientists hope to involve more familiar mammals that are primates, in their study. 
Presently, there is no vaccine available to prevent Zika virus.