Resuscitated nematodes from Arctic permafrost

30-40k years frozen - if not contaminated...

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Resuscitated nematodes from Arctic permafrost

#1  Postby newolder » Oct 15, 2018 2:26 pm

Abstract

We have obtained the first data demonstrating the capability of multicellular organisms for longterm cryobiosis in permafrost deposits of the Arctic. The viable soil nematodes Panagrolaimus aff. detritophagus (Rhabditida) and Plectus aff. parvus (Plectida) were isolated from the samples of Pleistocene permafrost deposits of the Kolyma River Lowland. The duration of natural cryopreservation of the nematodes corresponds to the age of the deposits, 30 000–40 000 years.

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What else can we expect to re-animate from the melting permafrost? Should I retire to my panic room? :ahrr:
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Re: Resuscitated nematodes from Arctic permafrost

#2  Postby Rumraket » Oct 15, 2018 3:27 pm

Well, did something particularly dangerous and scary live 40.000 years ago?
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#3  Postby newolder » Oct 15, 2018 4:36 pm

Viruses (flu-like beasties) and bacteria that could melt the dentine of my teeth but of which I have zero knowledge... :dunno:
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