New research has pushed a new theory forward on why the undead, living dead, or more commonly, the zombie are driven to feed upon the living.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
In many horror movies zombies can be seen lurching forward in an effort to catch and consume the living and, as a result, creating more zombies in their wake. What is never explained is why these zombies attempt to do so. Hollywood takes wild stabs at possible theories, however, much like their attempts at zombie survival tactics, their dissemination of correct information falls short. Lately, a team of researchers have been working to answer the question of why zombies attack. Their research brought forth a theory that has been untouched as of yet.
Researchers, after an exhaustive study, now claim the zombie is not driven to devour the flesh of the living in a need to feed, rather the zombie is driven to reproduce.
This theory came about by looking at the behavior of both zombies and living creatures in nature. Most living creatures, including humans, are driven to spread their genetic materials through offspring to continue the species and their own legacy. The theory is that the virus that creates and drives the zombie is no different. It is driven to spread and reproduce, but unlike amoebas which through binary fission, or splitting into two identical parts, or mammals which reproduce through sexual reproduction, the zombie instead can only reproduce by infecting a person and to do so there must be a transfer of fluids which contain the virus.
Many studies have proven that the saliva and blood of the zombie contains the greatest concentration of the virus that causes the change of a human being into the zombie.
“Through classified government resources, we have been able to simulate undead behavior. An independent third party of behavioral scientists along with our team of researchers has compiled a comprehensive study which we feel will change the way zombies are viewed,” stated an insider who shall remain anonymous. “With this information, not only can we adequately prepare for when the dead walk, but we might be able to create new methods to combat them.”
While the theory is still in the testing phase, it holds great promise in understanding the zombie and its nature. With luck this will be one of many breakthroughs to come in understanding the zombie menace and why it acts how it does. The team also hopes to use the information to develop an early warning system, despite skeptics among the group who feel their governments will never allow the information to go mainstream.