Is ‘The Last of Us’ Zombie Fungus Real?

January 25, 2023

In HBO's new hit series "The Last of Us," a deadly fungus sweeps the planet turning humans into killer zombies. It's a zombie apocalypse that's even more terrifying because "The Last of Us" is inspired by real science. The fungus in the show that turns humans into zombies actually exists. Matt Kasson, an associate professor of mycology, says ants and cicadas can be impacted by a fungus that could turn them into zombies. 

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