Giant viruses

It doesn’t happen a lot that scientists use multiple areas of science to come with a story. But this time virology, archeology, climate science and a few other things are all combined to one scary story. Scientists have found giant viruses in the Siberian ice.

The first problem starts already with the finding itself, which is supposed to be 30,000 years old. What they base this number on is unclear, but whatever dating is done on earth, it’s almost always based on a bunch of assumptions. But 30,000 years sounds good and I think that’s the main reason why they chose this number. index

The scientists have found a giant virus that they want to “reanimate”. That’s difficult with something that isn’t really alive to start with, but let’s ignore that detail. Why would you want to reanimate a virus that could possibly become dangerous? If there is anything Frankenstein related it’s not the virus, but the scientists. They should be locked up for attempted murder. But don’t worry, whatever they do with this virus won’t kill anyone, but the scientists don’t know that. They are too busy producing scary stories about climate change (a topic that is dying a slow death) and smallpox. They are scared that pathogens will awaken that were thought to be eradicated. Wait, wasn’t smallpox the only disease that had been eradicated? I think the scientists are a bit confused here.

“Before waking it up, researchers will have to verify that the bug cannot cause animal or human disease.” I really wonder how they will do that. Can they look at the virus through a microscope and tell what it will do? No, they cannot, for you can’t see a virus through a normal microscope and an electron microscope leaves only pieces. And even if they could see a virus, they wouldn’t know what it would or wouldn’t do. So the researchers will need a lot of fantasy to decide whether they are creating a hazard of not. But that has never stopped them.

“A few viral particles that are still infectious may be enough, in the presence of a vulnerable host, to revive potentially pathogenic viruses,” Virologists have a habit of contradicting themselves. If viruses cannot survive outside a host, then how can they stay alive for 30,000 years?5296974-3x2-340x227 Did they get frozen within a few hours, while still in a human or animal? But if the ice defrosted the viruses wouldn’t have a living host left and die immediately. Oops. Then there is the “vulnerable host”, which gets invaded with viruses that have already died. Who exactly is a vulnerable host? With this the virologists already admit that viruses don’t invade people randomly, but are mainly found in people with a weak body. Oops, another contradiction to what they usually tell everyone.

“Unlike most viruses circulating today, and to the general astonishment of scientists, these ancient specimens dating from the last Ice Age are not only bigger, but far more complex genetically.” I admit that 30,000 years isn’t much in the story of evolution, but wouldn’t you expect old viruses to be simpler than new ones? Can I get an explanation? This is another contradiction.

The story (that doesn’t really convince to scare the world) still refers to the Spanish Flu (which wasn’t a flu at all, but one big outbreak of vaccine injuries), but it’s the last sentence that explains why all this fiction is shared with the world. “The work was done in a top-security lab at the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).” The CDC is about one of the biggest fiction producing companies in the world and generously sponsored by Big Pharma. I don’t think anything more neeeds to be said about the value of this research.


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