Scientists revive 700-year-old Virus from Ancient Caribou Feces

October 29, 2014 11:58 AM

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Scientists revive 700-year-old Virus from Ancient Caribou Feces

A 700-year-old virus from ancient caribou feces has been successfully revived by scientists and they have infected a modern day plant with it. This development gives rise to an alarming possibility that global warming can bring other dead infectious viruses back to life.

The current knowledge about the ancient viruses is very much limited due to poor preservation and low concentrations. In this situation, genetic engineering comes to rescue as it helps scientists replicate ancient viruses and study them to understand how they interact with contemporary plants.

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