ByJancy Richardson, writer at
To avoid fainting, keep repeating 'It's only a movie...It's only a movie...'
Jancy Richardson

So...The Last Of Us is not such crazy fiction, after all.

In the game, a viciously mutated strain of the Cordyceps fungus causes zombie creatures to take over...but the science behind it is fascinating.

The real life Cordyceps fungus works on ants.

Look at 'em. Poor innocent little guys.


The fungus takes hold in the ant's head, completely controlling its bodily functions. An actual ZOMBIE ANT.

This means the fungus can move the ant around to propagate its own species.


Terrifying, right? The fungus is also crazy smart.

Penn State scientist Raquel Loreto explains, 'the fungus...controls the behavior of carpenter ant die with precision.'


As in many zombie movies, the infection cannot be cured.

Zombie creature in The Last Of Us...made by fungus.
Zombie creature in The Last Of Us...made by fungus.

Loreto continues, 'We suggest that the parasite can be characterized as a ‘chronic disease’ that, as in humans, can be controlled but not cured.'


Well, that's me super creeped out...I don't think I'd stand a chance against a swarm of zombie ants, let alone if the fungus started controlling humans...


Could you survive in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombie creatures?

Scientific Source: Futurity


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