A Protein in Your Brain Behaves Like a Virus

Since childhood, we've been warned against germs, helping form a popular opinion that viruses and bacteria are an enemy. However, new research suggests that may be a mistaken impression. Jason Shepherd, associate professor of neurobiology at the University of Utah Medical School, has been studying how viruses and bacteria have actually helped us to evolve into the complex species we are — and, in fact, may be the key to unlocking potential treatments for a number of brain disorders.

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