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The Last of Us: fungal infections really can kill – and they’re getting more dangerous

By Rebecca A. Drummond, Associate Professor, Immunology and Immunotherapy, University of Birmingham
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Millions have been tuning in every week to watch the highly anticipated TV adaptation of The Last of Us. The show depicts a post-apocalyptic world where society has collapsed due to the outbreak of a dangerous, brain-controlling fungal infection that turns humans into hostile, cannibalistic “zombies”.

The fungus which causes the pandemic is based on the real-life Cordyceps zombie fungus that infects insects. Insects infected…The Conversation

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