French Scientists to Study 30,000-Year-Old Virus to Test Global Warming

French scientists plan to revive a virus that has been dead for 30,000 years to study what could happen if other ancient dormant viruses reactivate due to global warming.

A prehistoric virus, Mollivirus sibericum, was discovered in samples taken from the Siberian permafrost plan as far back as 2003, Cnet.com reports. It has been dormant since the last Ice Age.

Scientists from the National Centre for Scientific Research in Paris said Tuesday that it would reactivate the virus in a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

The team is expected to verify whether the virus is harmful to humans and animals before it is revived, according to the report.