For all the doomsday-ers out there, it’s not a question of whether a zombie apocalypse is going to happen, it’s when. So hopefully all you viewers had considered making these preparations. But there’s actually a better way than stockpiling guns, swords and explosives as it turns out science might very well be the key to your survival. If the real zombie apocalypse is anything like the TV show The Walking Dead, zombies love the smell of live humans. If you smell like a rotting corpse, they will probably pass you on as–shall we say a fresher meal. Chemist Raychelle Burks of Doane College in Nebraska has concocted a brand new method of Zombie Survival. A chemical disguised. Using chemistry to mimic the smells of rotting Corpses, Burks may be onto something big with her death-scented, zombie repellent cologne. “We know a lot of the chemicals that are responsible for that decaying rotting smell. Two of them have perfect names that reflect the smell that they unleash when we are exposed to them. One is called putrescine and
one is called cadaverine. They’re really small polyamines and we actually produce them early in the decomposition process. But maybe if we really wanna round out that death’s smell for our cologne, we want to add an sulfhydryl. That’s right methanethiol. It’s got that rotten egg, boiled cabbage smell. All of these are actually incredibly
stinky at very low quantities. We’re talking part per billion. And this is good because we won’t have to make a whole lot to save a whole lot of people.” Okay so, these stinky molecules can make up the stinky odor of your death cologne. But where are we going to get all these chemicals from, and at a scale that can suite the demand to the zombie pandemic? “Researchers have shown that they can use E.Coli, little bacteria factory workers, if you will to whip us up all the polyamines that we want. Our putrescine and cadaverine. Now if we modify the E coli, we could also produced this methanethiol and we could get all are stinky chemicals in one pot. Now this is a good start to our death cologne, but we’ve got some more work to do. If we’re really trying to mimic a corpse, and use this Walking Dead method, we have got to get the smell down to perfection. Nobody wants to be the guinea pig that sprits on the death cologne, and realize that it doesn’t quite work.” So with the little R&D some E.coli and what would be one heck of a bizarre marketing campaign, mankind can be spared from the undead. And without a doubt Burks will leave quite the legacy as the scientist who used chemistry save the world from a zombie apocalypse. So thanks for watching and don’t forget to subscribe to our channel. Who knows, one day one of these videos might actually save your life.