Dozens of new viruses discovered in 15,000-year-old glacier ice

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We were so focused on whether or not we could, we didn’t stop to ask whether or not we should. JP

StewBear

Viruses are far, far less likely to survive outside of a host than bacteria – and it’s already nearly impossible for most bacteria capable of infecting humans. (relatively speaking – we’re talking hundreds or thousands of years here, not weeks or months…) Again – Tibetan permafrost. Not the sneeze guard at Golden Corral.

FakinUpCountryDegen

Either my understanding of the word “new” is seriously flawed or theirs is.

Future_Believer

What’s old is new again.. I read something similar about the receding rain forests.

clb909909

15,000 years old is not “new”. Unknown may be a better term. Then again, there are billions of unknown viruses in the ocean, so this is no big deal.

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