Newly Discovered Virus Can Actually Make Us “Dumber”

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A new study conducted by the Johns Hopkins Medical School and the University of Nebraska has found a virus, previously thought to live only in freshwater algae, that makes people ?dumber? by infecting their brains. The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) journal in October.

The virus -called chlorovirus ATCV-1 -was found in the throats of healthy people. The scientists were conducting a completely unrelated study when they found that the DNA of the chlorovirus Acanthocystis turfacea chlorella virus 1 (ATCV-1) matched with the DNA in the throats of healthy people.

According to the scientists involved up to half of the human race could be infected with this virus, which means that millions of people may be carrying a constant infection which dulls the brain.

William Allington Distinguished Professor of Plant Pathology and a co-director of the Nebraska Center for Virology at…

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