Old enemy, New Threat
Decades later and half a world away, the Zika virus has graduated from benign to deadly. IITRI scientists—the first to model today’s new strain—are now testing viable treatments and vaccines. In 1947 defibrillation was first performed on a human, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to scientists who discovered how glycogen breaks down in the human body, and the United States Army successfully launched and returned the first living animal—fruit flies—to and from outer space. A lot has changed since then—including the Zika virus.