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Hijacked by a fungus: how to create a zombie ant

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Ant infected by Ophiocordyceps fungus
Ant infected by Ophiocordyceps fungus. Photo: David Hughes/CC BY

http://chennaitrekkers.org/feeds/9146699982631811090/comments/default Life as a worker ant is hard enough as it is. But carpenter ants foraging for food in the rainforest must deal with an additional threat: a parasitic fungus that takes over their body and controls their every move. Continue reading