Study: Algae in throat could lead to subtle changes in cognitive function

November 11, 2014 7:40 PM

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Scientists from Johns Hopkins and the University of Nebraska have discovered an algae virus never before seen in the throats of healthy people that may subtly alter a range of cognitive functions, including visual processing and spatial orientation in those who harbor it.

The discovery casts in a new light a class of viruses that has thus far been deemed non-infectious to humans, underscoring the ability of certain microorganisms to trigger delicate physiologic changes without causing full-blown disease, the researchers say. A report on the team's findings is publish...

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