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Mysterious giant virus: 30,000 y/o virus resurrected in Siberia

A mysterious giant virus buried for 30,000 year has been resurrected. On March 4, FOX News reported that the giant virus is not harmful to humans however the discovery is very important for other reasons. This particular virus was buried away due to permafrost -- but climate changes have uncovered the virus -- meaning more viruses could be rediscovered as the globe continues to warm.

"There is now a non-zero probability that the pathogenic microbes that bothered [ancient human populations] could be revived, and most likely infect us as well. Those pathogens could be banal bacteria (curable with antibiotics) or resistant bacteria or nasty viruses. If they have been extinct for a long time, then our immune system is no longer prepared to respond to them," explained "Jean-Michel Claverie, a bioinformatics researcher (via FOX News).

The mysterious giant virus may not be that important on the surface but the big picture offers something to really think about. Could their be other viruses buried in the cold that could infect humans? Yes. There could easily be something hidden, something that no one thought would ever infect the world again, lurking beneath the ice.

This isn't to say that some virus is going to pop up and come back with a vengeance, but it is worth making note that some deadly viruses that were previously thought to be long gone could just be dormant waiting to sprout once again.

More on the mysterious giant virus in the video above.

© Effie Orfanides 2014

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