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Scientists are worried that a ‘zombie virus’ which spent 48,500 years frozen in permafrost in Siberia has been revived.
French scientist Jean-Michel Claverie tested earth samples taken from permafrost to see whether any viral particles it contained were still infectious.
He managed, in 2014, to revive a virus isolated from the permafrost, making it infectious for the first time in 30,000 years by inserting it into cultured cells.
And in his latest research, published in February in the journal Viruses, Mr Claverie and his team have isolated several strains of an ancient virus from multiple samples of permafrost taken from seven different places across Siberia.
He told CNN:
🗣 “We view these amoeba-infecting viruses as surrogates for all other possible viruses that might be in the permafrost. We see the traces of many, many, many other viruses.
“So we know they are there (but) we don’t know for sure that they are still alive. But our reasoning is that if the amoeba viruses are still alive, there is no reason why the other viruses will not be still alive, and capable of infecting their own hosts.”
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