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Scientists discover the virus gene behind gruesome melting "zombie" caterpillars

Scientists discover the virus gene behind gruesome melting "zombie" caterpillars

Watch out for zonked-out, virus-infected caterpillars melting from above: scientists have discovered a single gene in a caterpillar virus that which dramatically alters the molting behaviour of the gypsy moth caterpillar, literally turning them into zombies. Once infected, the caterpillars climb up trees to molt, but instead die and melt in a gruesome fashion, spreading millions of viruses to other caterpillars below. According to Livescience , this strange caterpillar disease was discovered more than 100 years ago. Though it was believed to be caused by a virus, it was not clear which specific genes were the culprit, rendering the host to become a crawling caterpillar virus bomb. But this recent study , conducted by researchers at Penn State University and published in Science , pinpoints the exact gene, called egt . As Livescience describes , the presence of egt interfer...

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