A 13-year-old boy from Central India has been living with hypertrichosis, a rare condition that grows hair all over his body, including his face.
For this reason, Lalit Patidar earned the alias “Werewolf Boy” in his hometown in the state of Madhya Pradesh.
A team of scientists, led by Cheng-Feng Qin of the Beijing Institute of Microbiology and Epidemiology in China, may have just discovered why the Zika virus (ZIKV) causes microcephaly in babies, as presented in the study published in Science Magazine on Sept. 28.
Microcephaly, a birth defect in babies where an infant’s head is smaller than is expected, is one of the serious side effects of the Zika virus. It can lead to severe developmental problems due to the underdeveloped brains of babies.