A genus of plants in the nightshade family. Includes Tomato, Potato, Eggplant, Bittersweet nightshade and Nipple fruit. Contains many poisonous species.
The Tomato Solanum lycopersicum plant and the potato Solanum tuberosum plant good edibles
SOLANUM: THE VIRUS
Solanum works by traveling through the bloodstream, from the initial point of entry to the brain. Through means not yet fully understood, the virus uses the cells of the frontal lobe for replication, destroying them in the process. During this period, all bodily functions cease. By stopping the heart, the infected subject is rendered "dead." The brain, however, remains alive but dormant, while the virus mutates its cells into a completely new organ. The most critical trait of this new organ is its independence from oxygen. By removing the need for this all-important resource, the undead brain can utilize, but is in no way dependent upon, the complex support mechanism of the human body. Once mutation is complete, this new organ reanimates the body into a form that bears little resemblance (physiologically speaking) to the original corpse. Some bodily functions remain constant, others operate in a modified capacity, and the remainder shut down completely. This new organism is a zombie, a member of the living dead.
"He is infected with the virus, Solanum."
A fictional zombie virus
invented by satirial writer Max Brooks
(son of Mel Brooks
, who was the director of Space Balls
). The virus "Solanum" attempts to justify the hack work of George Romano
by describing an entirely impossible zombie virus
. Accoring to Max Brooks
are somehow reanimated by a virus that allows the body to function with no blood circulation, no oxygen, and no ATP (which is absolutely required for muscle movement). This is definately the most far fetched viral zombie
that has been suggested, but it is often used as a benchmark by zombie survivalist
groups, particularly OZORT, as a worst case scenario zombie virus.
If Solanum can reanimate long dead corpses and allow them to run around with coagulated blood and no glucose, why can't it also make them fly and instinctively know kung fu?