It is not a title of a movie but an actual fact, a mix of French and Russian researchers revive a 30,000 year old ‘giant virus’ from Siberian permafrost.
Image © Pithovirus sibericum/ Julia Bartoli and Chantal Abergel, IGS and CNRS-AMU
Due to global warming new biological threats are posed to human or animal health. The giant virus, dubbed Pithovirus sibericum (from “pithos,” the ancient Greek word for a jar), was able to infect amoeba cells but the scientists believe it doesn’t seem to pose a threat to human health. The virus was found in a 30-metre deep sample of permanently frozen soil taken from coastal tundra in Chukotka, near the East Siberia Sea, where the average annual temperature is minus 13.4 degrees Celsius.