The second chapter confirms one of theories Last of us most comments since the start of the series. than a fungus cordyceps can pass to a person through contaminated flour.

In the first episode you see how Joel D Sarah they forget or refuse some foods made from flour. The daughter can’t make her father pancakes for his birthday because there is no flour left, he forgets to buy a cake at the end of the day, and they both refuse the neighbors’ cookies. A family that actually turns out at night infected. It was clear that it was from theories Last of us with a lot of weight, and this was finally confirmed after we were shown patient zero in the second chapter.

For this we go to Jakarta, where in the first episode, Joel’s family hears that there are some strange fights going on. Their origin was precisely in the sudden riot of the first infected, which, apparently, occurred precisely in flour mill. Now we see what is really of all theories Last of us of those common so far, this has been the most accurate. But apart from the fact that it fits into the plot of the series, does it make sense from a scientific point of view?

theories Last of us They are right, but is it really the case with flour?

There are mushrooms that grow very well in cereals and therefore in flour. case about ergot (Claviceps purple). It is a parasitic fungus that can infect many cereals and other herbaceous plants, although it is particularly common in rye.

Its toxins can cause a disease known as ergotism or Saint Anthony’s fire. causes hallucinations, seizures, and narrowing of the arteries which begins with a burning sensation in the extremities, but may result in necrosis and the need for amputation. Although isolated cases continue to be identified today, it was much more common in the past. especially in the middle ages.

In fact, it is believed that this may have been the cause of the famous San Vito Ball, in which hundreds of people took to the streets, dancing uncontrollably until they collapsed in exhaustion. This could be a collective hysteria phenomenon, but there are those who believe that they could not stop moving due to the burn caused by the fungus.

Relatively cordycepsfungi of this genus mainly infect insects and other arthropods. Therefore, despite the theories Last of usit would be abnormal to find them in flour.

The theory of man as bread

Some of the theories about Last of us about flour and cordyceps go further and point out that after infection the human body itself acts like bread. That is, it provides the necessary nutrients and temperature for the reproduction of the parasite. It has a real part and a part of pure fantasy.

Let’s start with the fact that mushrooms, which are used to ferment flour dough and make bread, are yeasts. D cordyceps it’s not yeast.

In addition, what happens in the body of the infected is not fermentation. The fungus just grows inside of him, as you can see. under the skin of the victims. This happens through some structures known as hyphae that cluster together to give rise to another one called mycelium and can spread underground explore new places. In the case of the infected in the series, they don’t do it underground, but inside their bodies.

Therefore, here the theories Last of us they are only partially true. The people in this story are not like leavened bread. cordycepsno matter how much it allegedly does not arise in flour.

Source: Hiper Textual

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