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The Last of Us’ infection is based on a real fungus

by on June 26, 2013


The fungus that destroys the world of Naughty Dog’s post-apocalyptic survival game The Last of Us is real, but it targets insects instead of humans.

Cordyceps are a parasitic fungus that use a specific species of ants to live, according to Scientific American. It attaches to the ants and grows to replace their insides until they are just an exoskeleton, sort of like a zombie. Other species use tarantulas.

Naughty Dog uses a realistic interpretation of the fungus to create its infected in The Last of Us.

They’re not all bad though. “One of these fungi Cordyceps subsessilis,” Scientific American wrote, “has been used to derive immunosuppressive drugs used in organ transplants.”

Source: Scientific American

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