Viruses Uncovered In Arctic Ice

It’s good that people are uncovering these things:

Let’s get one thing out of the way really quickly: The ancient, giant virus recently discovered in melting Arctic ice is not going to kill you.

But here’s the bad news: It’s not the first ancient virus that scientists have found frozen — it’s the fourth found since 2003. And you can be sure it won’t be the last. And with climate change causing massive melts, it’s not totally alarmist to suggest that something deadly might one day emerge from a long, icy sleep. …

The newly discovered, 30,000-year-old virus is reported in a paper published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Mollivirus sibericum is a whopping .6 microns across, making it what scientists call a giant virus. In addition to towering over modern viruses (and even some bacteria), size-wise, these ancient microbes had a lot more genes.

M. sibericum has more than 500 genes, compared to just 9 in HIV. One of the previously discovered giant viruses, Pandoravirus, has a staggering 2,500 genes. Scientists are still figuring out what that means for a virus, and what it says about the way viruses evolved — and how we should deal with them.

If scientists can confirm that humans and animals won’t be susceptible to sibericum, they’re going to go ahead and wake it up so they can study it. But they’re proceeding with caution. These viruses may be ancient, but they’ve also been kept in nature’s own deep freezer. They want to be sure they’re not reviving anything potentially harmful.

  • Exile1981

    I’ve seen this movie… it ends badly.

    • Where is Tom Cruise when you need him?! 🙂

    • Bill

      The Blob? The movie where they decided to dump it in the frozen Antarctic at the end of the movie as it couldn’t be killed by any other means?

      What’s the bet this discovery will be used to further push Climate Alarmism™ at the Paris conference: “Ancient Killer Virus Threat From Global Warming”

      • Exile1981

        I was thinking the original “thing” not the blob but that works as well.

        I bet with 100% certanty that your correct on the climate warmingbthing.

        • Canadian

          Try it first in some islamic shit-hole.
          Just to see…

    • Canadian

      You mean that the girl who saves the world doesn`t make up with her estranged husband after he saves her from the guy with a gun in the control room of the nuclear reactor?
      How sad…

  • Dana Garcia

    I needed to know there are giant viruses out there. Thanks.

    • If “The Walking Dead” has taught you anything…. 🙂

    • Exile1981

      We already have giant viruses, you may have seen on. It’s running as head of the ndp party.

      • Cat-astrophe


      • andycanuck

        Bacteria and viruses aren’t’ the same thing, I don’t think.

  • Cat-astrophe

    I cannot imagine the size of the needles they will need for the vaccine they will inevitably make for those monsters!

  • k1962

    Frick. Leave well enough alone!! Just what we need, defrosted ancient viruses.

  • simus1

    One thing you can say for the Globull Warming scammers, they are single minded about their long march. Mao would be proud.

  • Gary

    It’s the early AIDS virus because they studied the gene’s and they were male and the zipper was on the rear area.