NBC NEWS are reporting overnight: The more doctors learn about the Zika virus, the more frightening it looks, and money's urgently needed to fight it, two top health officials said Monday.
Doctors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health appeared before White House reporters to press their case for Congress to OK $1.9 billion in emergency funding to fight the virus.
"Most of what we've learned is not reassuring," said Dr. Anne Schuchat, CDC's principal deputy director. "Everything we know about this virus seems to be scarier than we initially thought."
Both add to the growing body of evidence that Zika virus, once virtually ignored as a rather harmless infection, is causing severe and sometimes deadly birth defects and other types of damage to victims of all ages. And because it's spreading so fast among so many people, it's adding up to thousands of victims.
Patricia Garcez of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and colleagues used human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells — lab-created stem cells — which they coaxed into become immature brain cells.
When they directed these iPS cells to become little batches of brain cells, the virus slowed their growth and development by 40 percent. >>>>>>
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