The horror movie writes itself: Scientists, searching for unrelated information, stumble upon strange ice samples that are later shown to contain ancient viruses that have never been seen before. After some Hollywood-style error, the viruses are released, causing mass casualties and requiring a team of young, attractive doctors and scientists to save one particular city from almost elimination.
Okay, so we’re only at the first half of that scenario (for now), but scientists have found ancient viruses in ice samples taken from the Tibetan Plateau in China, USA Today reported. The findings were published in the journal Microbiome on Wednesday, which stated the discoveries were taken from “ice cores” in 2015 from the Guliya ice cap in Western China, 22,000 feet above sea level and had started freezing at least 14,400 years ago.
“These glaciers were formed gradually, and along with dust and gases, many, many viruses were also deposited in that ice,” Zhi-Ping Zhong, lead author of the study and a