Monday, January 30, 2023

This is the fungus that turns insects into zombies… and it appears in The Last of Us

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Siri last of uswhich is an adaptation of the video game of the same name, set in a post-apocalyptic world and after the collapse of human civilization, which was caused by a Epidemic H is caused byongo cordyceps…but you knew it exists in real life and can turn insects into zombiesWe tell you.

First, humans don’t have to worry about the Cordyceps fungus (yet), as it only affects insects; It is important to specify that Cordyceps is a family of kingdom Fungi (fungi), and the scientific name of the genus wreaking havoc among insects is ophiocordyceps.

How is the fungus that turns insects into zombies?

Ophiocardyceps are different species of fungus, but monoecious It lives in the body of ants and controls them until it creates ideal conditions for their growth., Generally, these pathogens control the nervous system of their host and cause the death of the host.

A study published in the journal Natureby Charise de Becker, finds Ophiocordyceps mushrooms “interesting” because they use many bioactive compounds Which allows insects to be manipulated, which begin to move erratically, convulse, while the fungus grows at rest.

The strategy of this fungus is as follows: The fungus releases a series of spores, which are eaten by ants, flies or other insects. Little by little, the ophiocordyceps starts growing inside the ant and reaches the insect’s brain, so that it can be controlled and transferred to an environment conducive to its growth.

fungus infected insect They don’t eat or attack others, they just forget their herd instinct – especially in the case of ants – and they go where the fungus is. Eventually, all those infected die and become fertilizer for the growth of the pathogen, until it develops its spores and the cycle begins again.

What if the fungus didn’t cause the pandemic, but cured humanity?

As sinister as the Cordyceps family of mushrooms may be, South Korean scientists are investigating the variety’s healing properties inflated tolypocladiumAs they contain a substance – called cyclosporine – will help to develop Antiviral and, above all, anticancer drugs.

In October 2022, a study published in the scientific journal Frontiers in MicrobiologyScientists at Chungbuk University (South Korea) reported that the fungus also produces cordycepinaA substance that will help create effective remedies Pandemic by COVID-1

One of the biggest problems is that this fungus cannot be easily ‘cultivated’, so insects such as crickets will be used to serve as hosts, become infected with the fungus, become zombies and Thus guaranteeing the growth of the said variety of fungus. As of now, the investigation is on.

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