Saturday, March 29, 2014

Ancient "Giant Virus" Revived From Siberian Permafrost

Ancient "Giant Virus" Revived From Siberian Permafrost:

Amazingly, even after more than 30,000 years embedded in ancient permafrost, when Claverie and Abergel exposed amoebas in their lab to the virus, they found that the virus was still active and quickly infected the host cell. "We use amoeba on purpose as a safe bait for capturing viruses. We then immediately verify that they are not able to infect animal/human cells," stressed the researchers.

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