28 Oct '14, 1am

A 700-Year-Old Virus Was Brought Back to Life and Used to Infect Plants

A 700-Year-Old Virus Was Brought Back to Life and Used to Infect Plants

If you thought you had nothing to worry about from 700-year-old viruses, think again. Researchers just resurrected a virus from seven century old caribou poop and used it to infect a plant, showing that viruses can remain noxious for a very, very long time. So why does this matter to us? Because as climate change causes arctic ice to melt, it could release any sort of unknown virus into the environment – and there’s no telling what kind of impact long-dormant viruses could have for modern plants and animals.

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/a-700-year-old-virus-was-brought-bac...

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