A virus which can make you dumb: Atcv-1


Former Staff
Jun 2013
As far as I can tell, limited tests on humans (N=92; 40 were ACTV-1+) infected with ACTV-1 showed that these people have a problem with visual processing but not a problem on general knowledge tests when compared to uninfected people. In mice, ACTV-1 infection increased the time that infected mice required to learn a maze; and infected mice spent less time examining new environments than their uninfected counterparts. In gene expression studies, over 1000 genes had altered expression profiles in the hippocampus of infected mice. There are also reports that ACTV-1 has been linked to psychiatric patients.

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