Are viruses frozen in permafrost viable?

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Are viruses frozen in permafrost viable?
« on: 06/03/2014 14:38:42 »
Scientists have resuscitated a massive virus that has lain frozen for 30,000 years in Siberian permafrost.

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Re: Are viruses frozen in permafrost viable?
« Reply #1 on: 07/03/2014 11:14:05 »
Weren't samples of the 1918 flu recovered from permafrost.  Of course that is less than a century old, but allowed researchers to study one of the most devastating flu epidemics in modern times.

Perhaps one adaptation of some zoonotic (and amoeba) viruses is a period of hibernation in ice which could allow skipping a few generations of hosts.