30,000 year-old virus emerges from Siberian ice

Mar 04, 2014, 10:51 AM EST
Some Buda buildings with the Matthias Churh (L) reflect on the water as drift ice floats in the River Danube in front of the 'Europe' ship at Budapest , on February 8, 2012.
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A virus that has been preserved in permafrost for 30,000 years in Siberia has resurfaced as the global ice levels lower. While the virus only attacks amoebae, scientists are now worried that as ice levels continue to deplete, human, animal, and vegetation populations will be at risk of ancient, re-emerging viruses.

Background:

Ancient Virus 'Resurrected' From 30,000-Year-Old Ice In Siberia [Huffington Post]

Out of Siberian Ice, a Virus Revived [New York Times]

30,000-year-old giant virus 'comes back to life' [BBC]

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