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posted by chromas on Saturday January 25 2020, @02:10AM   Printer-friendly
from the not-dead-yet dept.

Previously collected ice cores taken from a Tibetan glacier have revealed 28 new genera of viruses according to researchers from Ohio State University and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

A genus (plural genera) in biology encompasses multiple species. For example, Lions and Tigers (not bears) belong to the genus Panthera

The ice cores had not been protected from surface contamination when collected from the Guliya ice cap (northwestern Tibetan Plateau, China), so it was first necessary to establish "ultra-clean microbial and viral sampling procedures for glacier ice."

To ensure a pristine sample, the researchers, working in a freezer, first cut off some of the outer layer of each core sample. Each of the samples was then washed with ethanol to melt off approximately 0.2 inches of ice. Each was then washed again with sterile water to melt off another 0.2 inches of ice. The team also created test samples by repeating the same cleaning procedure on ice cores that had first been covered with known viruses and bacteria. The samples that remained were then deemed pristine and ready for study.

The study of the cores revealed a total of 33 groups of viruses with the majority previously unseen. The researchers note the importance of the work exposing the potential of melting glaciers to unleash deadly viruses.

Journal Reference
Zhi-Ping Zhong et al. Glacier ice archives fifteen-thousand-year-old viruses, bioRxiv (2020). DOI: 10.1101/2020.01.03.894675


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  • (Score: 2) by barbara hudson on Sunday January 26 2020, @06:59PM

    by barbara hudson (6443) <barbara.Jane.hudson@icloud.com> on Sunday January 26 2020, @06:59PM (#948960) Journal

    Like when someone starts dropping some real knowledge and you just happen to have an account made a few years back with someone's last name, so you can just follow them around and shame them with every tactic. Which she has.

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    You claimed that calling out your bullshit is harassment.

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    Paranoia strikes deep
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    It starts when you're always afraid
    Step out the line, the men come and take you away

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    And they're coming to take me away ha-haaa
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