According to US researches, Zika Virus can cure adult brain cancer

Until now, Zika has been seen only as a global health threat – not a
But latest research shows the virus can selectively infect and kill hard-
to-treat cancerous cells in adult brains.
Zika injections shrank aggressive tumours in fully grown mice, yet left
other brain cells unscathed.
Human trials are still a way off, but experts believe Zika virus could
potentially be injected into the brain at the same time as surgery to
remove life-threatening tumours, the Journal of Experimental Medicine
The Zika treatment appears to work on human cell samples in the lab.
There are many different types of brain cancer. Glioblastomas are the
most common in adults and one of the trickiest to treat.
They are fast growing and diffuse, meaning they spread through the
brain, making it difficult to see where the tumour ends and the healthy
tissue begins.
Radiotherapy, chemotherapy and surgery may not be enough to
remove these invasive cancers.
But the latest research, in living mice and donated human brain tissue
samples, shows Zika therapy can kill cells that tend to be resistant to
current treatments.
It is thought that these glioblastoma stem cells continue to grow and
divide, producing new tumour cells even after aggressive medical
Different, healthy stem cells are found in abundance in baby brains,
which probably explains why regular Zika can be so damaging to
infants, say the researchers.
Adult brains, however, have very few stem cells. This means Zika
treatment should destroy only the cancer-causing brain stem cells
without causing much collateral damage.

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