Molecular Origami: Build 3D models of Zika virus
Zika virus infects people around the globe. For most, the virus causes a mild illness that is quickly fought off by the immune system. But a connection between Zika infection in pregnant women and birth defects has underscored the need to find ways to fight the disease. Zika is spread by mosquitos, so our primary defense is to remove breeding sites and to take measures to avoid being bitten. There are a few examples of the Zika virus and related structures available in the PDB archive. Public availability of these atomic coordinates to medical researchers worldwide will accelerate new antiviral drug and vaccine development.