Mysterious parasites on zombie ant fungus identified by scientists

Mysterious parasites on zombie ant fungus identified by scientists

A parasitic fungus is turning ants into “zombies” around the world.

The fungus is like something out of a horror movie: the organism hijacks its ant host’s body and brain, directing it to leave its nest and climb a nearby tree.

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Kate Golembiewski is a Chicago-based freelance science writer specializing in zoology, thermodynamics, and death. She hosts the comedy talk show A Scientist Walks Into a Bar.

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