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Scientists To Wake Up 30,000-Year-Old 'giant' Virus

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/scientists-to-wake-up-30000yearold-giant-virus-10495139.html

French scientists are preparing to wake up a 30,000-year-old 'giant' virus.

A team from the French National Centre for Scientific Research discovered the prehistoric virus, called Mollivirus sibericum, underground in north-eastern Siberian permafrost, reports CNET.

And now they plan to give it its first “wake-up call” since the last Ice Age.

The scientists will first check to ensure the virus is not harmful to humans or animals.

They hope studying it could increase understanding of ancient dormant viruses that may spread again in the future as permafrost retreats at the hands of climate change.

What could possible go wrong!!!

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In other words, thaw out a virus under laboratory conditions, which is probably thawing out all the time in the open.

Er, that was my thinking.

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French scientists?

Won't they surrender immediately it waves a flagellum at them?

Wouldn't you? :(

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Bliar is always wanting to do his bit for mankind, I suggest we grant him that wish and let him be the guinea pig.

A 'Giant' Blair would be catastrophic for mankind!

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I thought this said "Giant Walrus" when I first read and clicked on it.

To be fair, I had been recently looking at a picture of a walrus.

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I thought this said "Giant Walrus" when I first read and clicked on it.

To be fair, I had been recently looking at a picture of a walrus.

We will enquire no further! :unsure:

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It's pretty unlikely this thing or its descendants isn't alive and well out in the wild already. Just because they found it under some permafrost, that doesn't mean it wasn't already all over the place.

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I wouldn't worry too much, these giant viruses use amoebas as hosts so as long as you're not an amoeba you'll be fine.

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I wouldn't worry too much, these giant viruses use amoebas as hosts so as long as you're not an amoeba you'll be fine.

I know a great shaggy dog story. I'll spare you it though.

The punchline is "Pardon amoeba, is this the shaggy gnu's new tutu?"

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