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Study results show the virus crosses the placenta and extensively damages fetal brains, and the outbreak strain in the Americas appears worse than in Africa.
High-containment labs across the US government, including the CDC, have safety gaps, the GAO says.
Structure details may yield clues on how Zika damages cells and offer an inside track to drug, vaccine, and test developers.
Experts offer approaches for moving the GOF conundrum forward that are not mutually exclusive, such as lifting the moratorium, seeking international consensus, and establishing a review board.
The WHO's top drug and development official projected the launch of a large vaccine trial is still at least 18 months away, but a test might be available within weeks.
Also today, two new microcephaly studies documented Zika virus in fetal tissue, strengthening a possible link between the two conditions.
A CDC expert says US spread will likely be localized but calls for better mosquito control.
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