Virus that ‘makes humans more stupid’ discovered

algae virusA virus that infects human brains and makes us more stupid has been discovered, according to scientists in the US.

Scientists at Johns Hopkins Medical School and the University of Nebraska stumbled upon the discovery when they were undertaking an unrelated study into throat microbes.

Surprisingly, the researchers found DNA in the throats of healthy individuals that matched the DNA of a virus known to infect green algae.

Dr Robert Yolken, a virologist who led the original study, said: “This is a striking example showing that the ‘innocuous’ microorganisms we carry can affect behaviour 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 harbour and the way they interact with our genes.”

Humans’ bodies contain trillions of bacteria, viruses and fungi. Most are harmless, but the findings of this research show that there some microbes can have a detrimental impact on cognitive functions, while leaving individuals healthy.

The study’s findings were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Independent C0 .UK

  • 5thDrawer

    That IS interesting ….

    • guest

      Is that what nastyshit, ASS ad, Iran, Ayatoilets, and their followers got infected with!?

      • 5thDrawer

        Well, they didn’t say which ‘sect’ the 40 belonged to … hehehehe

    • Hind Abyad

      IS sis infected ? I prefer natural stupidity.. more in line with the universe..

      • Hind’s mum

        Yes u are naturally stupid.

        • Hind Abyad

          Hi Majoo (Guest), Hind’s mom is in spam box..

          • guest

            Who? Why you are so delusional n forgetful!? You said that many times already n still send me messages, why!?
            It seems that Stupidity virus got the better of you or like you said yourself “I prefer natural stupidity.. more in line with the universe..” may be you were talking about yourself!

  • peterkschanz@gmail.com

    Wee do not need any Virus,wee have DC and and least of all Obuma.the great. Biggest smart/ass of all.The make shore wee are stupid and stay stupid. Than the ken do as the please.

  • Michaelinlondon1234

    Sums up how little doctors know about the human body.