An ancient virus, 30,000 years old, discovered in Siberia


Its length is measuring 1,5 micrometres, the biggest that has ever been found. It was sprung to life in a French laboratory. Professor Jean-Michel Claverie, from the National Centre of Scientific Research (CNRS) at the University of Aix-Marseille in France, said: "This is the first time we've seen a virus that's still infectious after this length of time.”
Scientists determined that the virus is incapable to infect humans and animals but it will kill amoebas and will infect other unicellular entities, including other viruses.
A big warning signal was issued because it can be estimated that a lot of other pathogens are in latency in the same area and can be dangerous. The actual human immune system is not prepared to respond against them. So, we can virtually have the illnesses of the Neanderthal population in the 21 century. The global changes of climate can dissipate such unknown pathogen agents in the sea or in other areas, affecting the human health.


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