The research found there was a surprising variety of viral lifeforms in crude oil. Photo: Reuters The research found there was a surprising variety of viral lifeforms in crude oil. Photo: Reuters
The research found there was a surprising variety of viral lifeforms in crude oil. Photo: Reuters

Chinese scientist ‘in shock’ after finding herpes virus can survive in oil wells

  • Researchers only recently discovered that viral life forms could survive in fossil fuels and they exist in much greater variety than previously realised
  • Many of the viruses found were previously unknown and scientists are now trying to learn more about their behaviour – and whether they pose a risk to humans

Topic |   China science
The research found there was a surprising variety of viral lifeforms in crude oil. Photo: Reuters The research found there was a surprising variety of viral lifeforms in crude oil. Photo: Reuters
The research found there was a surprising variety of viral lifeforms in crude oil. Photo: Reuters
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