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32,000 years old Giant Virus Brought Back to “Life,” Still Infective
RESURRECTION: yes  ||  LIFE: no … It’s a virus.

3 March 2014 || Science/AAAS | News

Researchers have brought a giant virus dating back to the days of the mammoths and the last Neandertals back to life. Others had resurrected ancient viruses before by reconstructing their genomes from old DNA, but this may be the first time that an ancient virus itself has proved viable.

The researchers simply dissolved 32,000-year-old frozen soil from Siberia and mixed in amoebas, known hosts for giant viruses.

SOURCEScience/AAAS | News
Photo: Julia Bartoli and Chantal Abergel/IGS and CNRS-AMU


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    It seems like the beginning of a dystopic thriller, doesn’t it?
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    why did they do that
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