At least 13 unknown pathogens were discovered by European researchers in previously frozen soil in the Siberian region of Russia. thawed due to climate change.
According to the study, which was published on the server bioRxivone of the viruses has more than 48 thousand years of existence and is known as “zombie virus” due to its age.
Was called yedoma pandoravirus due to its size and the type of soil where it was found.
According to experts, each of the viruses found was distinct from all other viruses known in terms of their genome.
The researchers detail that viruses only affect amoebas and do not represent a risk to people.
However, there is still risk of being active pathogens.
It should be noted that “zombie viruses” are found in different samples of frozen mammoth dung, mammoth wool and inside the stomach of a Siberian wolf.
This is not the first time that researchers have rediscovered such an ancient virus, as previously A 30,000-year-old virus was found in the same Siberian region.
Therefore, European virologists and infectologists warned about the serious side effects caused by climate change by “resuscitating” viruses that could be deadly to humans.