In a recent joint study by Boston University and Harvard University, researchers found that drug resistant bacteria, called “supermutants”, are able to protect weaker members of their bacterial population by producing massive levels of a special substance that promotes survival in harsh environments.
Most striking about this behavior is that these supermutants are not acting in their own self interest, but in the interest of the group at large. Study lead, James Collins, explains:
“This altruistic behavior supports a growing body of evidence that suggests single-celled organisms act as communities.”
Because it’s widely believed that the undead sickness lives on a cellular level, this new finding gives further weight to the theory that zombies are propelled forward by hundreds of millions of microscopic agents, each acting out their individual mission for the greater good of the whole. Blood flow, brain function and motor skills may all be controlled in this manner.
So the next time you chop off a zombie’s legs, don’t be surprised when it just keeps coming. It’s likely that any one part of the body will be more than happy to provide a bloody distraction, and dull your ax, as long as the rest of the ghoul gets a chance to make you a meal.