Can Climate Change Bring Long-Dormant Viruses Back To Life?

Yes, scientists have found that global warming can reactivate the many unknown and long-dormant pathogens such as viruses and bacteria, found hundreds and millions of years ago.

According to Jean-Michel Claverie, professor of genomics at Aix-Marseille University in France, viruses are like seeds buried and frozen into the soil for thousands of years and will germinate in a warm environment.

Claverie and his team were able to revive a 30,000 years old Siberian virus in their lab. Similarly, many dangerous viruses and bacteria might come to life along with deadly infectious diseases due to climate change.

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