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 48,500-year-old “zombie” virus revived in Russia

by Athena Yap

ANOTHER infectious virus is seemingly becoming a threat after French scientists warned of the possible beginning of another lockdown because they have revived a 48,500-year-old so-called zombie virus dug in under a frozen lake in Russia.

Reports from the New York post says Scientists discovered that viruses remain infectious even though they spent years entrapped in ice.

Climate is ever-changing, and so, Biorxiv, a US-based online archive and distribution service in life sciences, said viruses emerged due to the softening of ancient permafrost.

Study said that the ancient permafrost could probably unleash more unknown viruses when melted.

Out of thirteen viruses, the oldest, called Pandoravirus yedoma, named after the mythological character Pandora, a record age for a frozen virus reoccurring to a place where scientists worry because it has the potential to infect other organisms.

This has beaten the 2013 record of a 30,000-year-old virus found by the same team in Siberia.

Pandoravirus was found beneath the bottom of a lake in Yukechi Alas in Yakutia, Russia. While others were seen everywhere from mammoth fur to the internal organs of a Siberian wolf.

Study says that after careful research of the scientists, they figured that all of the zombie viruses may seem to be potentially infectious and can concern a health danger.



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