Rabies virus can drastically change the animals’ behavior. It also has a devastating effect when transferred to humans. Luckily, experts finally have a better understanding of this terrible disease.
Experts claim that they have made some substantial discoveries regarding the virus.
Rabies turn animals to aggressive beasts. Prior to the discovery, the researchers were unable to pinpoint the exact reason why it affects their hosts that way. Fortunately, according to the experts from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, they now have a better understanding regarding the disease.
Karsten Hueffer, the lead researcher of the rabies virus study, stated:
Our study provides, for the first time, a detailed molecular mechanism for how an infectious agent induces specific behaviors.
World Health Organization revealed that rabies infection from dogs to humans result to 59,000 deaths yearly.
According to the reports, 95% of the rabies-related deaths are usually from Africa and Asia. The experts believe that this is primarily due to the lack of resources to prevent the virus from killing humans.
According to Hueffer, rabies virus generally holds very small information.
Hueffer’s notes state that rabies virus possesses five genes as opposed to dog’s 20,000 genes. He stated that despite the virus’ limited information, it is still able to change the dog’s behavior drastically. This turns them to aggression and violence, coincidentally allowing the virus to be spread through saliva. Furthermore, Hueffer said:
We knew that nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, which bind to the virus in muscles, are also found in the brain, and we presumed that virus could also bind to such receptors, if snake venom has a similar structure to parts of the virus, and inhibits these receptors, we thought maybe the virus could also inhibit these receptors in the brain. Furthermore, we thought that this interaction could influence behavior.
The experts also tested rabies to mice to see if they could induce aggression using a specific molecule. The result baffled them. Regarding the outcome, Hueffer said:
When we injected this small piece of the virus glycoprotein into the brain of mice, the mice started running around much more than mice that got a control injection, such a behavior can be seen in rabies-infected animals as well
These findings could tremendously help the experts in solving the rabies problem once and for all. After that, we can finally breathe a sigh of relief for our furry friends.
4 Major Signs A Marriage Won’t Last, According To Wedding Planners Themselves
Wedding planners are not only skillful in setting up wedding events. Apparently, they are also keen at looking for signs whether they’re planning weddings that will last or not.
When we attend weddings, we hope that the romance between the couple lasts forever as they vowed to keep in front of anyone during the ceremony. But in reality, life isn’t always about roses, chocolates, and dates. Sadly, there are relationships that don’t last in love, and apparently, you can see clear signs whether a marriage is about to go on a lifetime or sometimes as early as the wedding!
While wedding planners are the prime witnesses on how lovers put in an effort to make their big day really special, they are also, oddly, the first ones to determine if a marriage would last or not. So while it’s funny how wedding planners are one of the first people to fix your union, they share the following signs they usually notice that tells them their clients are marrying the wrong person.
How will you know if your marriage will last or not?
The Creepy Halloween Booze That Has Been Cursed By A Real Witch
The creepiest Halloween drink is out, but be careful as the booze carries a horrifying story with it!
The Halloween is just around the corner and all sorts of creepy gimmicks are starting to come out. From donning a realistic zombie costume to decorating a house like something sinister is about to happen, people are putting a lot of efforts to feel the spirit of Halloween.
But how about swaying away from the usual pumpkin cookies and red gelos that mirror a bloody drink for the Halloween treats? How about trying the new booze that’s sure to give you the chills and horror of being mystified by a supernatural being.
The creepiest Halloween drink might be exceptionally delicious but it has a dark secret behind its ingredients.
13 Illustrations Shows How Modern “Justice” In Different Countries Looks Like
It goes without saying that justice system can be flawed.
As we all know it, one of the most sensitive subjects to tackle these days is the concept of human rights. Due to the huge cultural differences among countries, it can be difficult to find the perfect middle ground without offending age-old local customs.
Gunduz Agayev, a very talented illustrator, decided to dabble on the issue of human rights and fearlessly created several powerful illustrations in order to raise awareness. Using his talent, he unveiled the horrible reality about the justice system nowadays, no holds barred.
It should be noted that the opinions these illustrations contain are all from the artist Gunduz Agayev....