Zombie Virus: Thawing ancient permafrost due to climate change could pose a new threat to humans. Scientists say they have found more than two dozen viruses, including one that was deposited on the bottom of a lake and is more than 48,500 years old. European scientists have received some samples from permafrost in the Siberia region of Russia, which they have tested. The scientists resurfaced and characterized 13 new pathogens. They have been named zombie virus. According to the researchers, despite living in frozen ice for several thousand years, they remained infectious.
What did the scientists say?
The research teams from Russia, Germany, and France said the biological risk of reviving the virus they researched was zero because they only targeted such strains. Especially those that can infect amoeba microbes. A virus that can infect animals or humans is a very troublesome thing. He warned that his work could be ruined for making the threat appear real.
Melting of permafrost will increase the danger
“It is possible that thawing of ancient permafrost released these viruses,” they wrote in an article posted on the preprint repository BioRxiv. This article has not been reviewed yet. It states, ‘It is still impossible to predict how long a virus can spread infection after exposure to outdoor conditions, how it can be stopped and how many times a person can be infected in an interval.’ “But this risk will increase in terms of global warming as the permafrost continues to melt and more and more people populate the Arctic because of industrial ventures,” he said.
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