It’s widely believed that that the driving force of a functioning zombie is its brain, so whatever root sickness causes zombiism is likely controlling the body from there. We’ve already seen zombie snails, but now researchers at Stanford University have created zombie rats.
Tons and Tons reports that Karl Deisseroth and his team have figured out how to insert genes into a specific part of a rat’s brain, encoding a new reaction to certain colors of light.
“If you shine the right color of light onto it, the neuron will fire. They inserted these genes into neurons in the primary motor cortex of the rat.”
The result is a rat that involuntarily runs around like a zombie on command. But what’s really disturbing is that a virus is used to deliver the controlling gene into the rats neurons.
Zombie rats controlled by implanted viruses in their brains. Am I the only one who doesn’t like the sound of that?