Scary Thoughts

9581446A 30,000-year-old giant virus has been revived from the frozen Siberian tundra, sparking concern that increased mining and oil drilling in rapidly warming northern latitudes could disturb dormant microbial life that could one day prove harmful to man.

“Human activities are going to perturb layers that have been dormant for 3 million years and may contain viruses, [said microbiologist Jean-Michel Claverie of Aix-Marseille University in France].”

Source: LA Times. HT: Alex Tabarrok.

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  1. Barry O says:

    If the virus was active, 30,000 thousand years ago and our predecessors survived it, we probably will. There is a reason why the virus disappeared. It is not that a cure was invented, rather than the ecosystem developed to fend it. If fear stopped development, we would still live in the middle ages. Human race has taken many risks to reach were we are today. We have sent artifacts to space not knowing what to expect. We have used weapons of mass destruction without knowing the lasting consequences. We have done a lot of things that, in retrospect, it was a foolish decision. Who knows maybe that virus is the cure for cancer.

    • Matthew says:

      No one said that they necessarily survived it. We know very little about the effects of a virus that is estimated to be active so long ago.

  2. Gabriel R says:

    For every action there is a reaction. Everything we have done have altered the course of the world. I think there are many perturbing things going on in the world right now for us to worry about a virus. Let the scientist do their job and let us wait and worry when it is time to concern

  3. Underwood says:

    I read this news yesterday. Do they wanna make a comparison between ACA and this giant virus?

  4. Patrick S says:

    “Which one day can be harmful to man” or that one day prove beneficial for them. Up to today we don’t know anything about it; in the future perhaps it can become the cure to all human diseases or make us live longer. I think there are more potential benefits than possible threats.

    • Spancy says:

      The media prefers to produce a sense of crisis in order to ease the pressure for future. Biologically speaking, I am 100 percent sure that this virus is not harmful to man.

  5. Tricia says:

    Well, now I’m scared.

  6. Buster says:

    Oh for goodness sake! People have been worrying about a long dormant, pathogens, extraterrestrial predators, giant bugs from space, zombies, etc. for as long as there has been horror movies!