- Scientists have resurrected a 48,000-year-old zombie virus that had remained dormant in Russian ice
- The finding has aroused eyebrows worldwide, and doubts about its purposes have been raised.
- The Researchers are now thawing the 13 new viruses in order to analyse their influence on public health.
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A 48,500-year-old zombie virus that had been dormant in Siberian permafrost has been awakened by researchers.
Scientists from the French National Centre for Scientific Research discovered over a dozen ancient viruses.
In an article posted to the preprint repository bioRxiv – which has yet to be peer-reviewed – the French, Russian and German researchers said they had revived and uncovered 13 new "zombie viruses" isolated from seven different ancient Siberian permafrost samples.
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The grand discovery is the Pandoravirus yedoma, a 48,500-year-old virus.
Questions about virus discovery
Since the discovery was made public several questions have been asked. one of which is if this is the first.
Well, this is not the first time scientists have discovered ancient viruses locked beneath the ice.
According to the Economic Times of India, the same researchers discovered a 30,000-year-old virus frozen in permafrost in 2014 and confirmed that it could still infect creatures, after all, that time.
Another question asked is if the 'zombie viruses' is dangerous.
The experts cautioned that these 'zombie viruses' might be deadly to people and that some had already claimed lives.
Warning on the Zombie virus
In another report by Yahoo finance, international scientists warn that the irreversible thawing of permafrost due to climate change could lead to a new public health threat.
Part of the report reads:
"As every virus requires the development of a specific vaccine, antiviral or medical response, the paper said it is legitimate to ponder the risk of ancient viral particles remaining infectious and getting back into circulation by the thawing of ancient permafrost layers."
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A new job recruitment page has been launched for qualified candidates to upload their CV.
The job in its refinery in Lagos includes free accommodation for 20,000 employees.