While everyone was focusing on the spread of COVID-19 and Civil freedom/The economic fallout On the crisis, many news stories went unnoticed in 2020. Ironically, many of them had something to do with viruses and the potential for scientists to cause an unintended pandemic.
Researchers are recovering and resurrecting dormant prehistoric microorganisms
One of these stories involves a team of scientists from the United States and Japan who managed to “wake up” microbes that have been dormant for nearly 100 million years. Scientists report that these microorganisms began to grow and divide even though they entered into an energy-saving state as much as dinosaurs were still walking on Earth.
Microbes belong to ten different bacterial groups recovered from sediments that were unearthed in 2010 in the lower part of the South Pacific, one of the most nutrient-desolate places in the ocean.
“Our results indicate that the widely distributed microbial communities in the sediments of the deep, poor organic matter consist mainly of aerobes that maintain their metabolic capacities under very low energy conditions for a period of up to 101.5 million years,” Researchers wrote.
The research team, led by Yuki Morono of Japan’s Marine Science and Technology Agency, had to drill 100-meter wells on the sea floor 5,700 meters below the surface to retrieve the samples. The team of researchers incubated the dormant microbes for 557 days in the laboratory. Next, the researchers applied carbon and nitrogen sources such as ammonia, amino acids, and acetate to the microbes to see if they could remove them from inactivity.
“It is surprisingly and biologically difficult to revive a large portion of microbes after being buried and locked up for so long in conditions of severe nutrient and energy deficiency,” Morono says.
This success was likely because the microbes are aerobic (meaning they need oxygen to survive), and the oxygen was present in the sediments. If sediment builds up gradually on the sea floor at a rate of no more than a yard or two every million years, the researchers say, oxygen could still be present and allow these microorganisms to survive for nearly unbelievable periods of time.
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“I was skeptical at first, but we found that up to 99.1% of the microbes in sediments that deposited 101.5 million years ago were still alive and able to grow,” says study co-author Stephen de Hundt of the University of Rhode Island.
“Preserving a physiological capacity for 100 million years to lock in hunger is a wonderful feature. We want to understand how these ancient microbes evolved, if that happened at all.”
The paper has been published in the journal Nature Communications. The study itself is an impressive feat because the survival status of microbial cells in this extremely energy-dense environment has not been well documented. The study demonstrates that the Earth’s core is an excellent place to explore “the limits of life on Earth”.
This scientific discovery is impressive, and no one can deny it. However, there are risks of awakening inactive microorganisms, especially if they are viruses or bacteria.
And this is exactly what has been happening for the past several years. One such discovery happened last year in Tibet, where a glacier on the northwestern Tibetan plateau in China, over a period of 15,000 years, contained countless frozen viruses. Recently, scientists took two ice cores from that glacier and uncovered an unprecedented 28 combinations of viruses.
“We are very far from sampling a variety of viruses on Earth,” said Chantal Abergil, an environmental virology researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research, who was not involved in the study. Deputy said.
man made Climate change Glaciers around the world are melting, and the researchers indicated that these viral archives may be lost. In the study, the researchers wrote that research into ancient viruses “provides a first window into viral genomes and their environment from icebergs,” and underscores their potential impact on abundant microbial populations. [today]. ”
In 2015, scientists found out An ancient virus buried in the permafrost of Siberia. The virus, Mollivirus Sibericum, was part of another group of viruses, known collectively as “giant viruses”. Since 2003, four other “giant viruses” have been found. Others called it the “Franken virus” and warned against “waking it up”.
It should also be remembered that in the late 1990s scientists began exhuming corpses in Alaskan permafrost in order to recover and “sequence” 1918 Spanish flu.
In a mass grave in a remote Inuit village near the town of Privig Mission, a large Inuit woman has been buried under more than six feet of ice and dirt for more than 75 years. The permafrost plus the woman’s abundant fat stores kept the virus in her lungs so well that when a team of scientists extracted her body in the late 1990s, they were able to recover enough viral RNA to sequence the entire 1918 strain. This remarkable good fortune enabled these scientists to open a window to a previous pandemic – and perhaps gain a foothold to prevent a future one.
It’s hard to read and think about this How have we all spent the last year Without shaking your head.
Science at what cost does the human race incur?
Scientific discovery is extremely important to human progress and survival.
Yet the awakening of historical and ancient viruses inactive in a world riddled with population-reducing agendas is worrisome. And governments and their armies are trying to evolve and perfection Biological warfare Programs. Let’s not even get started Weather adjustmentAnd the Artificial intelligence, And the These little xenobots are covered in living tissue.
Science can often be the gateway to survival, but it can also be a gateway to destruction. It just depends on who guards.
Robert Wheeler has been quietly searching for world events for two decades. After witnessing the global network of NGOs and the many “revolutions” they designed in a number of different countries, Wheeler began to analyze current events through these lenses.
Source: Organic Prepper