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Scientists have found a fungus that can eat the victim's brain

NEWS PLANET 23.12.2017 at 18:26

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American scientists from the Californian University have discovered a parasitic fungus that literally subjugates the victim by eating its brain.

Entomophthora muscae (so called mushroom) mostly preys on flies. Penetrating into the body of the insect, the parasite during the first two days slowly eats the brain, and 96 hours cells of the fungus are spread to all tissues.

the Fly's brain which has been eaten, it becomes subject to the fungus. The parasite causes the insect to seek the optimal place for their own death, that is the place where the mushroom would be able to develop further.

the Fly, finding a suitable place to die in unusual pose, with raised wings. Scientists have found that this location of the victim is necessary for the further life of the parasite.