European Researchers Prove Some Science Is Better Left to FictionJeff Brown | Dec 7, 2022 | Bleeding Edge | 9 min readPrint
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On a list of really bad ideas, this one would have to be pretty close to the top…
Last month, a team of European researchers published a paper on how they revived eukaryotic viruses from ancient permafrost.
Unlike bacteria, humans and animals are multi-cellular organisms, thus we’re eukaryotes. The researchers dug deep into the Siberian permafrost to discover seven types of these eukaryotic viruses.
And then they proceeded to revive them?$!#?. The youngest virus was 27,000 years old and the oldest was 48,500 years old, setting a record.
The research team was happy to announce that all nine viruses they revived were still capable of replicating and infecting cells… Great.
For anyone curious as to what these ancient viruses look like under a microscope, here’s a peek at a few of them.
Ancient Eukaryotic Virus Buried in Permafrost
If you’re thinking what I’m thinking, you’re likely saying something like: “For the sake of the planet, please stop it. Just stop.”
Having been through hell for two-plus years due to the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) gain of function research performed on coronaviruses in Wuhan, China to see if scientists could make a coronavirus more infectious and deadly, the thought of reviving eukaryotic viruses that are tens of thousands of years old seems to lack any common sense.
Of course, I believe in the scientific process and celebrate intellectual curiosity. But reviving what the researchers call “zombie viruses” that the living world has never been exposed to – and thus has no natural immunity to – seems like a very bad idea.
While they assured us that the viruses are “not a public health threat,” I have to say that doesn’t give me any comfort at all.
If we learned anything during the pandemic, it was that we no longer can trust public health officials, the broad scientific community, or even the scientific journals. We now know that they censored and banned peer-reviewed scientific research that didn’t fit the desired narrative.
This was not a scientific process – or a transparent and honest process – at all.
Worse yet is that grant money was only distributed to support research that fit the desired narrative. Sadly, we learned how corrupt the unscientific process has become.
So no, we can’t know for certain if one of these zombie viruses is, in fact, a risk that could lead to a worldwide pandemic. And there’s no way to know that the viruses are being managed with the appropriate level of biosafety protocols.
After all, the Wuhan Institute of Virology was celebrated as a Biosafety Level 4 Laboratory with the highest level of biological safety in the field of virology…. and we all know how well that went.
This research reminds me all too much of a Michael Crichton novel, like The Andromeda Strain. Hopefully The Walking Dead isn’t a sign of things to come.
I’d much rather this scenario remain fiction rather than fact. And that the researchers leave the zombie viruses where they belong… hidden deep, dark, and cold in the permafrost.