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Next pandemic may come from melting glaciers, new data shows

By Linda Geddes

19 Oct 2022 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

The Guardian explain how as global temperatures rise, it becomes more likely that viruses and bacteria locked up in glaciers and permafrost could reawaken and infect local wildlife.

The next pandemic may come not from bats or birds but from matter in melting ice, according to new data.

Genetic analysis of soil and lake sediments from Lake Hazen, the largest high Arctic freshwater lake in the world, suggests the risk of viral spillover – where a virus infects a new host for the first time – may be higher close to melting glaciers.

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