Subscribe to Onlymyhealth Newsletter
  • I have read the Privacy Policy and the Terms and Conditions. I provide my consent for my data to be processed for the purposes as described and receive communications for service related information.

One step ahead for zika drug- scientists developed mouse model for drug testing

One step ahead for zika drug- scientists developed mouse model for drug testing

And here comes the good news that scientists achieved a breakthrough in drug and vaccine development against Zika virus.

A mouse model has been developed by team of scientists from US which will help researchers to speed process of drug development.


Zika infection


This tremendous achievement by team of researchers from University of Texas helped to find the mode of disease invasion in host cell.

Previously the screening of antivirals was very stagnant and less efficient. Moreover the conventional culture method does not give the actual impact of virus in human body. As the testing of drug in mice model gives a similar impact on humans, it gives a very close data for further clinical trials. This new finding will help the novel molecules in pipeline for further testing.

It was found that normal mice did not develop any disease infection of Zika. The genetic mutant mice with knocked B cells develop the disease. The young mice were found to be more prone for early disease induction with low body weight, less activity in cage leading to death. Older mice were found to recover soon from disease infection showing they are less appropriate for vaccine and drug testing.

Written by
Amrita Kumari
Source: Onlymyhealth editorial teamMar 30, 2016

All possible measures have been taken to ensure accuracy, reliability, timeliness and authenticity of the information; however does not take any liability for the same. Using any information provided by the website is solely at the viewers’ discretion. In case of any medical exigencies/ persistent health issues, we advise you to seek a qualified medical practitioner before putting to use any advice/tips given by our team or any third party in form of answers/comments on the above mentioned website.

This website uses cookie or similar technologies, to enhance your browsing experience and provide personalised recommendations. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. OK