Tuesday, March 18, 2014

30,000 year-old giant virus!


This story is not about an insect specifically, but I think that it could add an interesting twist to the complexly evolved ecological systems that we've been talking about in class due to climate change. Apparently researchers have discovered an ancient virus (about 30,000 years old) that has been trapped in permafrost and could be revived through the melting of the permafrost samples. Moreover, the virus, which is actually giant, is capable of infecting amoebas that were introduced to it.  Hard to believe!


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