Scientists have made a remarkable discovery before the coronavirus epidemic, which emerged in Wuhan, China’s Hubei province, in December 2019 and spread all over the world in a very short time, has not yet ended.
28 DIFFERENT VIRUS TYPES DETECTED
A discovery made by scientists in the Tibet Autonomous Region in southwest China has drawn attention in the scientific world. Scientists conducting research on glacier samples taken from the Guliya ice cap on the Tibetan Plateau in the Tibetan Autonomous Region in 2015 have identified 32 very different viruses, 28 of which have been unknown to humanity until now, that have been frozen in the glaciers for about 15 thousand years. detected the genetic codes of.
“MANY VIRUSES COLLECTED IN THE ICE”
Zhi-Ping Zhong, a researcher at the Ohio State University’s Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center in Columbus, Ohio, USA, and head of the research that opened the door to the discovery of viruses, said, “These glaciers formed gradually with dust and gases and many viruses also accumulated in this ice. Ice cores contain layers of ice that accumulate each year, trapping what’s in the atmosphere around them as each layer freezes. “These layers form the kind of timeline that scientists have used throughout history to understand more about climate change, microbes, viruses and gases.”
On the other hand, the ice cores were collected as part of a joint program between the Byrd Center for Polar and Climate Research and the Tibetan Plateau Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China, as an interdisciplinary study. In addition, the study was funded by the US National Science Foundation and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.