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"Scientists have warned that  panspermia - the theory of genetic material raining down from space - could make Zika stronger and more deadly"

Genetic material falling on Earth from outer space could create a supercharged version of the Zika virus, scientists have warned.

Experts claim that the virus, which is spreading across the globe, will become more prevalent and deadly in the future.

Changes in Zika have already been noted, as it's changed to be passable through sexual contact.

The disease, first discovered in monkeys in 1947, had previously only been transferable by mosquito bite.

But now, scientists are warning that it could mutate, growing stronger and spreading more easily - with its victims suffering more serious consequences.

They have warned that future strains could become worse thanks to panspermia - the theory of genetic material constantly raining down on Earth from outer space.