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Scientists Revived Ancient 'Zombie Viruses' Frozen For Eons in Siberia - ScienceAlert

Scientists Revived Ancient 'Zombie Viruses' Frozen For Eons in Siberia - ScienceAlert

Scientists Revived Ancient 'Zombie Viruses' Frozen For Eons in Siberia - ScienceAlert
Nov 25, 2022 38 secs

To study the emerging microbes, scientists have now revived a number of these "zombie viruses" from Siberian permafrost, including one thought to be nearly 50,000 years old – a record age for a frozen virus returning to a state capable of infecting other organisms.

While the record-breaking virus was found beneath a lake, other extraction locations included mammoth wool and the intestines of a Siberian wolf – all buried beneath permafrost.

"The situation would be much more disastrous in the case of plant, animal, or human diseases caused by the revival of an ancient unknown virus," write the researchers.

"If the authors are indeed isolating live viruses from ancient permafrost, it is likely that the even smaller, simpler mammalian viruses would also survive frozen for eons," Delwart told New Scientist

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