30,000-year-old giant virus 'comes back to life' Watch
Fascinating, Do you reckon awakening old viruses is a unwise move or a good move?
The likelihood of any of the viruses being harmful to humans today is very low, given the geographical location and the time frame they just simply would never have specialised to target humans.
People need to stop being so hysterical...
Secondly it's no threat if kept in a secure facility, like smallpox viruses are. However continued exposure and thawing of permafrost all over the world (not just Siberia) does come with risks which need to be addressed. They won't be, because climate change policy is deeply unpopular, but hey, that's not the point.
amoeba-infecting viruses from permafrost is an inexpensive
and safe way to realistically assess the threat posed by path-
ogenic animal DNA viruses eventually released from soils and
sediments frozen in a distant past.
The region was sparsely inhabited by humans for only a brief period; it's unlikely there is a dangerous human infection lurking in wait that did not spread outside the region while it was active. The vast majority of viruses, including this one, are not infectious in humans.