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Paul Hunter

Paul Hunter

Paul Hunter is a professor of medicine at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. His research interest is the epidemiology of emerging infectious disease, especially that linked to environmental factors.

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This image is of anthrax bacteria under a microscope. (Photo by Todd Parker/CDC)

Pandoravirus: the melting Arctic is releasing ancient germs – how worried should we be?

By: - December 6, 2022

Scientists have recently revived several large viruses that had been buried in the frozen Siberian ground (permafrost) for tens of thousands of years. The youngest virus to be revived was a sprightly 27,000 years old. And the oldest – a Pandoravirus – was around 48,500 years old. This is the oldest virus ever to have […]