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fungus

superbug outbreak

Crowded hospitals are now home to a rapidly-spreading superbug

October 26th, 2020

The faster-than-usual spread of a type of fungus in clinics and hospitals around the country is being blamed on the COVID-19 crisis.  Crowded clinics are becoming a breeding ground for this drug-resistant “superbug.”  The CDC is tracking cases on a state-by-state basis, and some are seeing huge booms in the number of confirmed cases. If …

zombie cicadas

A parasite is turning cicadas into mind-controlled ‘sex zombies’

August 2nd, 2020

Researchers have discovered a bizarre fungal parasite that turns cicadas into “sex zombies” to lure others and spread their infection. The pathogen prompts cicadas to act as though they are looking for a mate, causing other cicadas to come calling. The fungus eats away at the insect’s body but the cicada remains active and lively …

zombie ants

New study reveals how a unique fungus creates ‘zombie ants’

July 24th, 2019

If you’re even a casual science fan you’ve likely heard of the cordyceps fungi group before. The genus includes hundreds of known species, but the ones that get the most attention are those that invade the bodies of common insects like caterpillars and ants, seemingly invading their minds and turning them into zombies before eventually …