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There’s A Virus That Makes Us Stupid?

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If you plan to keep your mind clear and sane, you might want to get tested for the ATCV-1 virus, a microorganism that can decrease your intelligence.

While conducting research into throat microbes, researchers at the Johns Hopkins School in Baltimore and the University of Nebraska found that the virus, previously thought to be non-transferable to humans, can live in our throats and is “associated with a modest but measurable decrease in cognitive functioning”.

It proves that microorganisms can affect our bodies negatively without causing noticeable damage. Using a sample of 92 people, the scientists discovered the virus in 44 per cent of trialists. They tested the attention spans and cognitive abilities of the volunteers, and those without the virus scored better.

When mice were injected with the virus and put into a maze, those carrying ATCV-1 were more confused. The findings have huge implications for the future of using microorganisms to improve cognitive ability.

Dr. Robert Yolken told International Business Times that it is the proof that those microorganisms can damage our behavior and cognition.

“This is a striking example showing that the ‘innocuous’ microorganisms we carry can affect behavior and cognition. Many physiological differences between person A and person B are encoded in the set of genes each inherits from parents, yet some of these differences are fuelled by the various microorganisms we harbor and the way they interact with our genes.”

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