A Giant Virus Emerged From Siberia’s Melting Permafrost—and Came Back to Life

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March 5 2014 3:14 PM

Something’s Alive in the Siberian Permafrost

The "giant virus" risk.

Pithovirus was dormant for 30,000 years before it was revived from melting permafrost in Siberia. The virus is huge for its kind, but fortunately for us, it’s only known to infect amoebae.

Paca Thomas is a regular video contributor to Slate.