Using the Zika Virus to Fight Brain Cancer


MSI PI Walter Low (Neurosurgery; Masonic Cancer Center) is researching how the zika virus might be able to fight cancer cells. Zika does devastating damage to an embryo’s developing brain, so Professor Low and his colleagues thought it might also target brain-cancer cells. Preliminary research confirmed this, and the work continues to find a zika-based treatment that could fight brain cancer.

An article about this research appears in the Spring 2018 issue of Legacy, the magazine of the University of Minnesota Foundation: Can Zika Fight Cancer?