Two New FASEB Publications Explore Zika Virus and Liquid Biopsies

By Anne Deschamps, FASEB 

In the Breakthroughs in Bioscience title “Secrets of the Human Brain Revealed: Development, Disease & the Zika Virus,” the process of human brain development is explored, revealing how genetics, infection, and lifestyle can impact its growth and function. Special emphasis is placed on how the Zika virus affects the growing fetal brain.

The newest Horizons in Bioscience article, “Liquid Biopsies: A New Way to Diagnose, Understand & Track Cancer,” shows how testing the DNA shed by dying tumors in human fluids helps physicians track cancer progression and select the most appropriate treatments for specific cancer types. This technology – which complements existing approaches such as surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy – is advancing cancer management in a remarkable way.

FASEB’s Breakthroughs in Bioscience is a collection of illustrated articles that highlight recent developments in basic biomedical research and explain their impact on medicine and human health. Horizons in Bioscience is a series of brief, illustrated articles that describe scientific discoveries on the brink of clinical application. Print copies of the series are available at no cost for educational or advocacy purposes and can be requested at www.faseb.org/breakthroughs.

About FASEB

Founded in 1912, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) was originally created by three independent scientific organizations to provide a forum in which to hold educational meetings, develop publications, and disseminate biological research results. What started as a small group of dedicated scientists has grown to be the nation’s largest coalition of biomedical researchers, representing 31 scientific societies, including the Teratology Society, and over 130,000 researchers from around the world. FASEB is now recognized as the policy voice of biological and biomedical researchers.

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