To quote the International Business Times, “Scientists at the Johns Hopkins Medical School and the University of Nebraska have discovered an algae virus that makes us more stupid by infecting our brains.”

While investigating cultures from subject’s throats in a study unrelated to the plant pathogen, researchers realized that they were looking at DNA from a chlorovirus which normally targets freshwater green algae. In the end, they found that nearly half their subjects were infected. The vector for the infection remains a mystery; simple contact with the virus through swimming, or such, is not thought to be the transmission vector. Regardless, these findings have broad and troubling ramifications regarding our understanding of infectious agents and their effects. The IBT article, which includes a link to the research paper, can be found here: