ancient glacier virus

Melting Tibetan Glaciers Unleash 15,000-Year Old Viruses–10 Reasons Why This Matters Scientists have discovered dozens of unknown ancient viruses from melting glaciers. Credit: Pixabay

Melting Tibetan Glaciers Unleash 15,000-Year Old Viruses–10 Reasons Why This Matters

Scientists analyzed old ice samples from the Tibetan plateau and found in them the genomic sequences of more than 30 ancient viruses, most of which were not previously known to science. The viruses from the Guliya ice cap have been given an approximate point of origin – around 15,000 years ago.