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(Daily Mail)   Ancient virus that has lain frozen in Siberian permafrost for 48,500 YEARS is revived. What could possibly go wrong?   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line
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727 clicks; posted to STEM » on 25 Nov 2022 at 1:50 AM (12 days ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-11-24 5:45:52 PM  
probably nothing, most viruses don't infect humans
 
2022-11-24 5:50:29 PM  

Nintenfreak: probably nothing, most viruses don't infect humans


And being 50,000 years old, it is not adapted/mutated to infect modern life forms.
 
2022-11-24 5:54:01 PM  

aleister_greynight: Nintenfreak: probably nothing, most viruses don't infect humans

And being 50,000 years old, it is not adapted/mutated to infect modern life forms.


Seriously.  War of the Worlds, the Martians just got EXTREMELY unlucky,
 
2022-11-24 6:04:12 PM  

aleister_greynight: Nintenfreak: probably nothing, most viruses don't infect humans

And being 50,000 years old, it is not adapted/mutated to infect modern life forms.



I'd keep the sled dogs at a safe distance, just to be sure.
 
2022-11-24 6:04:26 PM  
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2022-11-24 8:22:33 PM  
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2022-11-24 11:34:29 PM  
Pandoravirus? They may be opening a box they can't close after this.
 
2022-11-25 1:27:02 AM  

aleister_greynight: Nintenfreak: probably nothing, most viruses don't infect humans

And being 50,000 years old, it is not adapted/mutated to infect modern life forms.


Fifty kya isn't all that long a period of time. I'd be careful with it none the less. We're going to start finding out just how many of these cryo-viruses are able to infect modern humans pretty soon once the permafrost melts. The ones I'm worried about are the smallpox viruses from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Nice thing if it does make a comeback we should be able to whip up a vaccine pretty quickly and that's when the rubber will hit the road with the anti-vax idiots.
 
2022-11-25 2:01:47 AM  

Nintenfreak: probably nothing, most viruses don't infect humans


This. We are surrounded by viruses all of the time. Absolutely flooded with them. We don't have a problem with that because the overwhelming majority of them can't reproduce in our cells.
 
2022-11-25 2:23:19 AM  

Gordon Bennett: Nintenfreak: probably nothing, most viruses don't infect humans

This. We are surrounded by viruses all of the time. Absolutely flooded with them. We don't have a problem with that because the overwhelming majority of them can't reproduce in our cells.


or, could they have a novel characteristic we haven't evolved protection for?
 
2022-11-25 2:31:50 AM  

aleister_greynight: Nintenfreak: probably nothing, most viruses don't infect humans

And being 50,000 years old, it is not adapted/mutated to infect modern life forms.


Nonsense. This one will infect humans and make them immune to climate change. WE. WILL. RULE.
 
2022-11-25 2:42:32 AM  

American Decency Association: Gordon Bennett: Nintenfreak: probably nothing, most viruses don't infect humans

This. We are surrounded by viruses all of the time. Absolutely flooded with them. We don't have a problem with that because the overwhelming majority of them can't reproduce in our cells.

or, could they have a novel characteristic we haven't evolved protection for?


it is exceedingly unlikely, plus most of the time the problem isn't that we're resistant to them, but that they aren't compatible with our machinery
 
2022-11-25 3:17:27 AM  

Ghastly: aleister_greynight: Nintenfreak: probably nothing, most viruses don't infect humans

And being 50,000 years old, it is not adapted/mutated to infect modern life forms.

Fifty kya isn't all that long a period of time. I'd be careful with it none the less. We're going to start finding out just how many of these cryo-viruses are able to infect modern humans pretty soon once the permafrost melts. The ones I'm worried about are the smallpox viruses from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Nice thing if it does make a comeback we should be able to whip up a vaccine pretty quickly and that's when the rubber will hit the road with the anti-vax idiots.


Let's not repeat that too much...
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Just let it happen.
 
2022-11-25 3:22:15 AM  
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2022-11-25 3:26:23 AM  
It seems like they've already done this several times in the last decade. Each time it gives the media an opportunity to panic anew.
 
2022-11-25 3:46:59 AM  
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2022-11-25 4:30:51 AM  

Ghastly: aleister_greynight: Nintenfreak: probably nothing, most viruses don't infect humans

And being 50,000 years old, it is not adapted/mutated to infect modern life forms.

Fifty kya isn't all that long a period of time. I'd be careful with it none the less. We're going to start finding out just how many of these cryo-viruses are able to infect modern humans pretty soon once the permafrost melts. The ones I'm worried about are the smallpox viruses from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Nice thing if it does make a comeback we should be able to whip up a vaccine pretty quickly and that's when the rubber will hit the road with the anti-vax idiots.


We could also just brew up a bunch of cowpox and infect everyone in a pinch.
 
2022-11-25 6:10:45 AM  

aleister_greynight: Nintenfreak: probably nothing, most viruses don't infect humans

And being 50,000 years old, it is not adapted/mutated to infect modern life forms.


Modern humans have been around for longer than that.
 
2022-11-25 7:13:23 AM  
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Could never happen.
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Are you SURE?
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Give a man a fire and he's warm for a day, but set fire to him and he's warm for the rest of his life...
 
2022-11-25 9:03:46 AM  
It was going to happen anyway.  They were always there.
 
2022-11-25 11:59:02 AM  
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2022-11-25 12:23:00 PM  
That headline is like the opening montage for a post apocalyptic zombie movie.
 
2022-11-25 1:18:54 PM  
The only thing that can go wrong here is reading an article in the Daily Mail.
 
2022-11-25 5:39:54 PM  
The infectivity / immunity arms race runs in circles a lot of the time.  Odds are about even whether a given thawing virus would be a laughably ineffective today or a super-spreader... but more than one virus will be thawing out.

HOWEVER... that virus would have to be one that can infect and thrive in life it's likely to encounter, and would have to be suited either to pass to humans or to mutate in its intermediate host in a way that makes it a danger to humans, and THEN that host would have to infect a human.

Researchers digging viruses out of recently thawed ground would seem to be the prime threat for an ancient virus resurfacing as a modern plague.
 
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