If long-frozen pathogens exchange their genetic material with present-day bacteria, harmless microbes could become dangerous, scientists said. Photo: Shuttertock
If long-frozen pathogens exchange their genetic material with present-day bacteria, harmless microbes could become dangerous, scientists said. Photo: Shuttertock

‘Danger is real’: why viruses long thought extinct are re-emerging

  • As global warming thaws soils, releasing pathogens, the occurrence of outbreaks could become more common
  • Climate change is having a disproportionate effect on areas with permafrost, including Alaska, Canada and Siberia

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
If long-frozen pathogens exchange their genetic material with present-day bacteria, harmless microbes could become dangerous, scientists said. Photo: Shuttertock
If long-frozen pathogens exchange their genetic material with present-day bacteria, harmless microbes could become dangerous, scientists said. Photo: Shuttertock
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