The Zika virus can wreak havoc on the brain of a developing fetus, but its destructive power may be harnessed to fight a form of adult brain cancer.
Scientists have earlier been able to make specific changes in the DNA code. Now, they're starting over and building redesigned life forms from scratch.
The Zika virus, a public heath emergency that continues to grow, has the potential to cause widespread harm to the health of people in India.
Zika is a virus that is closely related to dengue and is spread by mosquitoes and by human sexual activity.
No other sample, except the three laboratory-confirmed cases reported from Ahmedabad, has tested positive for Zika virus, said the government.
A report said that the Vibrant Gujarat Summit "was a factor" in the decision to hush up news about the Zika infections.
India's first three cases of Zika virus infection were reported from Ahmedabad between February 2016 and January 2017, but the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, which takes preventive and curative measures in the city, was unaware of this till a World Health Organisation (WHO) report became public on 26 May.
Maharashtra heath minister Dr Deepak Sawant held a review meeting with officials as cases of Zika virus infection have been reported in Gujarat.
The Odisha unit of the Samajwadi Party has cautioned the state government against the possible spread of Zika virus in the state following the disease being detected in Gujarat.
Even as the WHO has confirmed India's first three cases of Zika virus in Gujarat, the state government on Sunday said there is "no reason to worry" since effective measures were being taken.
Ahmedabad: Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel alleged lack of action from government after three cases of Zika virus were detected in Ahmedabad.
What made Zika virus scarier was it's rather mild symptoms for which people often never seek medical attention, hence are prone to go undetected.
India has strengthened its surveillance system in the past few years to detect and contain new Zika virus infections.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday confirmed the first three cases of Zika virus in India from Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
Researchers including one of Indian origin have developed a smartphone-controlled, battery-operated diagnostic device that costs as little as $100 and claims to detect Zika, dengue and chikungunya within 30 minutes.
Scientists have uncovered the mechanisms that the Zika virus uses to alter brain development, an advance that may unravel the mysteries of why the infection causes birth defects.
The Zika outbreak in South America may have been fuelled by change in weather patterns, brought on by the 'Godzilla' El Nino last year, a new study has found.
The World Health Organization on Friday declared that Zika no longer constitutes an international emergency, but it stressed a need for a long-term effort to address the virus, which has been linked to birth defects and neurological complications
The findings also show that Zika virus is present in the blood very early during infection and remains in some tissues for a long time
A virulent version of the Zika virus that has swept the globe is headed for India, where an older, more benign strain is likely to be quietly residing within some Indians, possibly preparing genetic ground for a quick, new second-coming, experts have warned.