Zika Virus Potential Brain Cancer Treatment, Scientists Say

Scientists are using the Zika virus to kill aggressive brain cancer cells, which are usually resistant to treatments like chemotherapy, surgery or radiation.

In a study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, scientists say the virus killed glioblastoma tumors, the most common form of brain cancer, which has an average survival rate of less than two years. Mice with glioblastoma injected with an adapted strain of Zika survived longer and at greater rates.

Scientists say while human use is far off, their findings suggest that Zika may help to completely remove brain cancer cells in humans, if used in combination with conventional therapies.