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Are 'extinct' viruses coming back thanks to climate change?

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Author's Note: Are extinct viruses coming back thanks to climate change?

I just recovered from an everyday, garden-variety virus the last a couple of weeks and can't imagine what power an ancient virus from 30,000 years ago might pack. It's enough to make you want to move into a plastic bubble -- or at least take the idea of climate change a little more seriously.

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