Wendy Ingham, who was involved in the study, says that the team tested the parasite on mice which were ultimately unfazed by the presence of a predator once infected. Rabies has a modification effect on animals (Image: GETTY)She warned that toxoplasma is dangerous: “The idea that this parasite knows more about our brains than we do, and has the ability to exert desired change in complicated rodent behavior, is absolutely fascinating.
“Toxoplasma has done a phenomenal job of figuring out mammalian brains in order to enhance its transmission through a complicated life cycle.” A zombie outbreak IS possible (Image: GETTY)Dr. Ben Newman, a professor of virology at the University of Reading, believes that a virus such as rabies could evolve and conquer humanity.
Zombies started out as deceased persons who had been revived by less than upstanding magic users for the purpose of serving their newfound masters. Considering that the belief sprung up in colonial Haiti, it should come as no surprise to learn that it was influenced a great deal by the institution of slavery that existed upon said island.
Since zombies have become so popular in our modern media, it should come as no surprise to learn that there are people who are curious about whether a zombie outbreak can ever happen in real life or not. However, a zombie outbreak in the sense of a contagious disease robbing victims of their higher faculties and then forcing them to attack other people are’t as far-fetched as most people would like, not least because there is a wide range of parasites out there that can force their victims into illogical or even outright suicidal behavior.
One excellent example is how something along the lines of 80 percent of human victims of rabies suffer from a fear of water as well as an inability to swallow. This can be blamed on the fact that the rabies virus breed in the salivary glands, meaning that swallow would reduce the infectiousness of the host.
With that said, another example is the infamous aggressiveness caused by the disease, which is intended to help the rabies virus spread via biting. On a final note, even if a zombie outbreak happened in real life, it is doubtful that it would lead to the end of the world as we know it.
However, it should also be noted that there is something of a trade-off between lethality and infectiousness for infectious diseases because if something is too lethal, it won’t have much time to spread, as shown by multiple examples of horrific diseases from historical times that haven’t had a lot of reappearances because they were too effective at killing their hosts. Chronic wasting disease (CD) has now been found in deer populations across 26 states in the US since it was first discovered at the turn of the millennium.
Research has shown the parasite can infect rats to make them attracted to cats’ urine (Image: GETTY)According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 40 million Americans carry a single-cell parasite called toxoplasma Gandhi. Research has shown the parasite can infect rats to make them attracted to cats’ urine.
We found out recently that if you try to leave a little kid in a graveyard late at night, he'll freak out. It's because on some instinctual level, all humans know it's just a matter of time until the zombies show up.
Parasites that turn victims into mindless, zombie -like slaves are fairly common in nature. There's one called toxoplasmoses Gandhi that seems to devote its entire existence to being terrifying.
This bug infects rats, but can only breed inside the intestines of a cat. The parasite knows it needs to get the rat inside the cat (yes, we realize this sounds like the beginning of the most fucked-up Dr. Seuss poem ever) so the parasite takes over the rat's freaking brain, and intentionally makes it scurry toward where the cats hang out.
Chances this could cause a zombie apocalypse: Humans and rats aren't all that different; that's why they use them to test our drugs. So, imagine if half the world suddenly had no instinct for self-preservation or rational thought.
You've got to wonder if the lab workers don't carry out their work under the unwitting command of the toxoplasmoses Gandhi already in their brains. You may be protesting that technically these people have never been dead and thus don't fit the dictionary definition of “zombies,” but we can assure you that the distinction won't matter a lot once these groaning hordes are clawing their way through your windows.
The movie The Serpent and the Rainbow, the upcoming Resident Evil 5 video game. The victims can then be brought back under the effects of a drug like data strontium (or other chemicals called alkaloids) that leave them in a trance-like state with no memory, but still able to perform simple tasks like eating, sleeping, moaning and shambling around with their arms outstretched.
There are books about it, the most famous ones by Dr. Wade Davis (Passage of Darkness and The Serpent and the Rainbow). Yes, the movie The Serpent and the Rainbow was based on this guy's actual science stuff.
Well, there was that one scene where they strapped the guy naked to a chair and drove a huge spike through his balls. He was a Haitian guy who was declared dead by two doctors and buried in 1962.
It turned out the local voodoo priests had been using naturally occurring chemicals to basically zombie people and putting them to work on the sugar plantations (no, really). So, the next time you're pouring a little packet of sugar into your coffee, remember that it may have been handled by a zombie at some point.
Chances this could cause a zombie apocalypse: On the one hand, it's already fucking happened! But, even if some evil genius intentionally distributed alkaloid toxins to a population to turn them into a shambling, mindless horde, there is no way to make these zombies aggressive or cannibalistic.
In the movie, it was a virus that turned human beings into mindless killing machines. In real life, we have a series of brain disorders that do the same thing.
Changes in gait (walking) Hallucinations Lack of coordination (for example, stumbling and falling) Muscle twitching Cyclonic jerks or seizures Rapidly developing delirium or dementia But, it proves widespread brain infections of the Rage variety are just a matter of waiting for the right disease to come along.
Chances this could cause a zombie apocalypse: If the whole sudden, mindless violence idea seems far-fetched, remember that you are just one brain chemical (serotonin) away from turning into a mindless killing machine (they've tested it by putting rats in Deathmatch-style cages and watching them turn on each other). All it would take is a disease that destroys the brain's ability to absorb that one chemical and suddenly it's a real-world 28 Days Later.
That just leaves the part that controls basic motor function and primitive instincts behind. You don't need the cortex to survive; all you need is the stem, and you'll still be able to mindlessly walk and eat and enjoy Grey's Anatomy.
So, you take a brain-dead patient, use these techniques to re-grow the brain stem, and you now have a mindless body shambling around, no thoughts and no personality, nothing but a cloud of base instincts and impulses. That, ladies and gentlemen, is what we like to call a real, live, undead fucking zombie.
Under every legal system in the world, all rights and responsibilities are terminated at death. All it takes is someone with resources and a need for a mindless workforce of totally obedient slave labor.
We're betting somebody in the world, maybe North Korea, will have a working zombie by Christmas. As seen in... Michael Crichton's novel Prey, The PS2 game NATO Breaker.
Nanobots are a technology that science apparently engineered to make you terrified of the future. We're talking about microscopic, self-replicating robots that can invisibly build--or destroy--anything.
Vast sums of money are being poured into nanotechnology. How it can result in zombies: Scientists have already created a nano-cyborg, by fusing a tiny silicone chip to a virus.
The first thing they found out is these cyborgs can still operate for up to a month after the death of the host. Notice how NATO scientists went right for modification, even at this early stage.
According to studies, within a decade they'll have nanobots that can crawl inside your brain and set up neural connections to replace damaged ones. They can form their own neural pathways, meaning they can use your brain to keep operating your limbs after you've deceased and, presumably, right up until you rot to pieces in mid-stride.
Talk of infection rates, lockdowns and overwhelming pressure on health surface has left the planet in an eerie state. Thanks to coronavirus, the majority of towns in the UK right now could provide the perfect settings for a zombie outbreak, and now a researcher has revealed what an outbreak of the walking dead might look like.
Zombie outbreak : THIS is what a zombie apocalypse would look like based on coronavirus pandemic (Image: GETTY) Talk of infection rates, lockdowns and overwhelming pressure on health surface has left the planet in an eerie state (Image: GETTY)”People who are infected by zombies have immediate symptoms, often turning in a matter of minutes or hours.
This would differ greatly to the COVID-19 incubation period, where symptoms do not tend to show for an average of 5.1 days. Ms Sawmills goes on to detail how in zombie movies, once health and police services fall and governments collapse, people tend to turn into the worst versions of themselves.
However, she states that in reality, this would probably not be the case and that the current coronavirus crisis shows how supportive humans actually are to one another. But there are mechanisms for how to resolve these problems (including murder, etc) in ways that actively attempt to curtail violence.
It is a mystery to me why in the Walking Dead, for example, people don’t just move away from each other, given that the world is almost totally depopulated, and they could go anywhere! Coronavirus symptoms (Image: EXPRESS)”And our heroes of the moment are those who have been caring for all of us all along: nurses, doctors, teachers, (home) cooks, grocery store workers, farmers...
“That desire to reach out and help people during a crisis is often missing in zombie films, which tend to assume that we will all descend into Aggressively Individualistic Survival Mode unless forced to do otherwise.