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chlorovirus could be associated to reduced visual processing

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by WillowJ, Nov 2, 2014.

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    This 2006 review paper on chloroviruses says:
    I wonder if this new discovery that the ATCV‐1 Chlorella virus can infect humans will affect the Chlorella supplement business.

    People might want to try to avoid catching a virus that can alter gene expression in the hippocampus and slightly sap the brain's cognitive powers (although it seems that around 44% of the human population already have this Chlorella virus).

    Interesting that the hippocampal genes affected by this Chlorella virus related to synaptic plasticity, learning, memory formation, and the immune response to viral exposure.


    MIght it be possible that your Chlorella supplement is contaminated with the ATCV‐1 virus, that then infects you when you consume this supplement? The above review paper says that this ATCV‐1 Chlorella virus replicates in certain strains of the green alga Chlorella — might these be the same strains as are sold as a dietary supplement?

    The review paper says that Chlorella viruses ATCV‐1 and ATCV‐2 infect the Chlorella SAG 3.83 strain (but these viruses do not infect the Chlorella SAG 211–6 or Chlorella SAG 241–80 strains).

    MIght this SAG 3.83 strain be one used for Chlorella dietary supplements?

    According to the info here, the Chlorella SAG 3.83 strain originates from Newfoundland, Canada.
     
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    One would hope that the virus would not survive the drying and processing of chlorella supplement. Stressing the word hope here!
     
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    I guess though with this Chlorella virus being present in 44% of the population, and found in the throat swabs taken from adults, this virus might be considered a common respiratory virus, and so you might more likely catch it from saying kissing a person infected with it, than pick it up from taking a Chlorella supplement.

    It does make me wonder though whether the development of Chlorella as a dietary supplement might have been the route by which this Chlorella virus was introduced into the human population.

    According to this Wikipedia article, research on the use of Chlorella as a food for humans was conducted by the Stanford Research Institute, because in the 1940s and 50s it was thought that food shortage and hunger would become a global problem, and so scientists at that time were looking at Chlorella as a way to address this crisis.
     

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