Zombies in real world🧟♂️🧟♂️🧟♀️🧟♀️
Hello guys , I’m happy to meet you all through this blog.
So I think most of you are aware of the term zombies . If not I’ll tell you
They are undead humans (they were humans once) who have an appetite for human flesh and their bite will turn you into a zombie so never let a zombie bite you 😜😝
We have seen them in movies ,video games ,tv series and so on . They have become staple figures of pop-culture
Victor Halperin’s White Zombie was released in 1932 and is often cited as the first zombie film
Night of the Living Dead is widely regarded as the first modern zombie film. It was directed by GEORGE ROMERO and was released in 1968.
Night of the Living Dead led to five subsequent films between 1978 and 2009, also directed by Romero, and inspired several remakes; the most well-known remake was released in 1990, directed by Tom Savini.
Resident evil is a popular game franchise also known as bio hazard in Japan. It was created by shinji Mikami and Tokuro fujiwara and it is owned by the video game company CAPCOM.
Pic: claire and Leon, iconic characters of the RE franchise
World war Z is a zombie apocalyptic novel written by max Brooks and was later made into a live action movie of the same name starring Brad Pitt in the lead role .
These are some of the multimedia franchises regarding zombies . There are lot more out there .
Lets talk about zombies in real world .
Are they real ?????
Do they exist ????
The answer is YES
They are living among us . And you may think that I’m speaking about the undead. Nope , not about them .
Let’s see about 5 zombies in real world
This is actually not a zombie but we’re gonna see about zombie like creatures .
First on our list is the
1. ZOMBIE ANTS:
Ophiocordyceps is a genus of fungi that has more than 200 species, and mycologists are still counting. Many species of fungi can be dangerous, often because they are toxic to animals, but there is one thing in particular that makes Ophiocordyceps especially frightening.
These fungi target and infect various insects through their spores . After infection takes place ,the parasitic fungus take control of the insect’s mind .
One of these species, Ophiocordyceps unilateralis sensu lato, specifically infects, controls, and kills carpenter ants (Camponotus castaneus), native to North America.
When Ophiocordyceps unilateralis infect carpenter ants, they turn them into zombies. The ants become compelled to climb to the top of elevated vegetation, where they remain affixed and die. The high elevation allows the fungus to grow and later spread its spores widely
next on our list are
2. ZOMBIE SPIDERS:
There is a species of wasp known as the zatypota which can manipulate Anelosimus eximius species of spiders .
A. eximius spiders are social animals that prefer to remain in groups, never straying too far from their colonies. But members of this species infected with Zatypota larva exhibit bizarre behavior, leaving their colony to weave tightly-spun, cocoon-like webs in remote locations.
If you open these artificial cocoons you’ll find Zatypota larva.
The Zatypota wasps lay eggs inside the abdomen of A. eximius spiders. When the egg hatches and the wasp larva emerges, it starts feeding on the spider and begins to take control of its body.
When the larva has gained full control of its host, it turns it into a zombie-like creature that is compelled to stray away from its mates and spin the cocoon-like nest that will allow the larva to grow into the adult wasp.
Before entering its new “cocoon,” though, the wasp larva first finishes its “job” by devouring its host.
I feel sorry for these tiny spiders 😥😓
Pic: Zatypota wasp
Zatypota wasp infecting a spider
Nest of A.eximius
You might have heard about reanimated monsters such as the Frankenstein’s Monster.
It is a notion that has piqued the interest of writers, filmmakers and, of course, scientists, throughout the ages.
But while reviving dead humans may not be on the cards for our race just yet, reviving other organisms is. This can be particularly unsettling when we think that those organisms are… viruses.
In 2014 researchers in France dug up a virus out of the siberian permafrost.
This so called giant virus is named as the pithovirus sibericum. It is a dna virus that contains a large number of Genes as many as 500 to be precise.
“The size of giant viruses, as well as the fact that they contain such a large amount of DNA, can make them particularly dangerous”, explain the researchers who discovered P. sibericum
Though they have remained safely contained so far, global heating and human action could cause them to resurface and come back to life, which might bring about unknown threats to health.
Image of p.sibericum
You might have heard about plants vs zombies game which is available in the play store.
But Certain bacteria can turn plants into zombies .
The bacteria known as phytoplasma is responsible for turning plants into zombies.
The bacteria — which insects disseminate — infect plants such as goldenrods, which have yellow flowers. The infection causes the goldenrods to put out leaf-like extensions instead of their usual blooms.
These leaf-like growths attract more insects, which allows the bacteria to “travel” widely and infect other plants.
So these plants end up becoming the living dead🧟♂️🧟♂️🧟♀️🧟♀️
But can humans turn into zombies ???
In the 1990s two doctors decided to investigate regarding Haitian zombies
In 1997, the two published a study paper in The Lancet in which they analyzed the cases of three individuals from Haiti whose communities had identified as zombies.
One was a 30-year-old woman who had, allegedly, quickly died after having fallen ill. Her family recognized her walking out as a “zombie” 3 years after this event. Another was a young man who had “died” at 18, and re-emerged after another 18 years at a cockfight.
The final case study concerned another woman who had “died” at 18 but was spotted again as a zombie 13 years after this event.
The doctors examined the three zombies and found that they had not been victims of a evil spell. Instead medical reasons could explain their zombification.
The first “zombie” had catatonic schizophrenia, a rare condition that makes the person act as though they are walking in a stupor. The second person had experienced brain damage, and also had epilepsy, while the third appeared merely to have a learning disability.
But there is also a specific psychiatric disorder called Cotard’s syndrome that can cause people to act like zombies. This is because they are under the delusion that they are dead or decomposing.
Apart from these reasons , is there any possibility of humans becoming a zombie due to an viral outbreak.
They are physically impossible.
A virus has to undergo million of years of evolution to become something like the Z virus (zombie virus)
Though it is not possible for a virus to turn a human into a zombie ,certain virus can induce aggressive, zombie like behaviour .
So I think worrying about zombie apocalypse should not be on the top of our list . Because that’s not gonna happen too soon 😉😉😉
Probably it’ll take a million years for a zombie apocalypse to happen .
I hope you’re all ZOMBIFIED😜😜😜 through this post .
That’s it for today .
I have to thank @venkatthebiochemist for giving me this oppurtunity to write on his blog.
Im very happy to write an article for @biotrivia 😍😍😍
Thank you once again bro @venkatthebiochemist ♥️♥️♥️
MARIA COHUT PhD
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