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Zombie Virus?

Postby ThatScienceKid007 on May 1st, 2016, 1:08 pm 

I've always been curious to if there could actually be a zombie virus that turns a human into your typical "Walking dead" type of zombie. I've heard of the mad cow and a few other diseases that can cause something similar what are your thoughts?
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Re: Zombie Virus?

Postby zetreque on May 1st, 2016, 1:26 pm 

There are several parasites that appear to do mind control of their host.
Maybe not technically defined as a virus but similar concept.

Here is one of many articles out there.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/10/141031-zombies-parasites-animals-science-halloween/

Another interesting concept is the thought that some sexually transmitted diseases motivate people to have more sex so they spread.
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Re: Zombie Virus?

Postby uninfinite on May 1st, 2016, 1:35 pm 

I doubt it. Zombies work too well as zombies to be made by altering the way human beings function. Changing function, is infinitely more likely to result in dysfunction - than in a different function. Zombies don't suffer weakness or pain, while retaining significant coordination. They are not screwed up on the floor in agony - which would be the natural consequence of such a drastic alteration to the way the human organism functions.

This is just an ieducated guess mind. I mean - there are some very weird things in nature:

Females of the Costa Rican wasp Hymenoepimecis argyraphaga lay their eggs on the abdomens of unlucky orb spiders called Plesiometa argyra. After living off its host for a few weeks, the wasp larva injects a chemical into the spider that makes it build a strange, new kind of web, unlike anything it's built before. (See photos of the world's biggest, strongest webs.) But this new web isn't for the spider: It's meant to support the cocoon that the wasp larva will build after finally killing and eating the spider.

But arguably, these are mind controlling parasites, not zombie viruses as such.
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Re: Zombie Virus?

Postby BadgerJelly on May 1st, 2016, 1:53 pm 

Rabies seems an obvious choice.
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