Russia revives hibernating ‘Zombie viruses’

Yet another disastrous panic has emerged among the people with the revival of 48,500 years old virus. Reportedly Russian Scientists have revitalised ancient viruses buried under a frozen lake in Siberia, Russia.

The recent discovery of the Zombie virus at the bottom of a lake in Yukechi Alas, Yakutia, Russia, holds a record age of 48,500 years. It breaks the previous record of a 30,000-year-old frozen virus retrieved in 2013 from the Siberian permafrost.

According to reports in the New York Times, scientists have indicated concern for these viruses that could pose a “health danger” in the upcoming years.

The oldest is named ‘Pandoravirus yedoma’. The revived categories have been titled ‘Zombie Viruses’, estimating its potential for destruction for mankind and other creatures.

They notify that global warming is hazardous to defrosting most permafrost zones, releasing the most vicious and dormant microbial creatures buried since the prehistorical era.

According to Science Alert, the new strain is one of the 13 viruses described in the study, each with its own genome. Scientists predict that the covid-19 style pandemic shall become common in the near future by unleashing such infectious microbial objects.

The possibility for more hibernating viruses is high with one-quarter of the Northern Hemisphere being permanently frozen ground.

The ferocity of these zombie viruses in exposure to heat, light and other environmental variables remain concealed. Further research on the same will sooner disclose its inherent nature.

Source: The New York Times

Article by Anushka Juliet