Zika vaccine

A new Zika vaccine may be just around the corner, with incredibly promising results recently published in Nature Medicine.

A team from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and the Instituto Evandro Chagas at the Ministry of Health in Brazil published findings of a new Zika mutant that elicits an immune response that is very similar to an actual infection. 

But, what makes this vaccine so exciting, in and among the other reports of progress on Zika vaccines over the past year, is that this study is the first on a live-attenuated vaccine. That distinction is important because a live, attenuated vaccine typically provides the best protection.

The reason lies...