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ScienceDaily (Mar. 2, 2011) — Four new Brazilian species in the genus Ophiocordyceps have been published in the online journal PLoS ONE. The fungi, named by Dr. Harry Evans and Dr. David Hughes, belong to a group of "zombifying" fungi that infect ants and then manipulate their behavior, eventually killing the ants after securing a prime location for spore dispersal.
In two sites in the Brazilian rainforest, researchers identified four new species of brain-controlling fungal parasites. These fungi infect carpenter ants and turn them into zombies, directing them to leave their colonies and die in places where the fungi to grow and spread. The zombifying fungus can be seen growing from the top of this dead ant's head.
I remember seeing something like what you are talking about. I think the organism lives in cats digestive tracts.
Originally posted by Sinnthia
reply to post by Kangaruex4Ewe
I was just watching a highlight about this story on tv and all I could think about is all the crazy molds you see on those Hoarder shows in people's homes. I saw something about some toxic molds that do have an effect on the human brain. I cannot remember where but if that is even a little true and they are just finding this stuff, maybe mold is WAY more fascinating than they made it seem in school.
Nice find!edit on 3-3-2011 by Sinnthia because: (no reason given)
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 #ed-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. The rat is being programmed to get itself eaten, and it doesn't even know Read more: www.cracked.com...
Originally posted by Kangaruex4Ewe
reply to post by meathed
And there goes my breakfast of pizza rolls.. kidding.
We have a whole weird alien world here the more I think about it. It's some pretty freaky, crazy stuff that happens when mother nature enters the picture.