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AnAtheistBastard's Avatar Comment 1 by AnAtheistBastard

I wonder if this could expose humans to ancient strains of diseases that our immune system is no longer resistant to.

Mon, 23 Apr 2012 15:47:16 UTC | #936716

irate_atheist's Avatar Comment 2 by irate_atheist

And yet we still can't wipeout instances of WLC.

Mon, 23 Apr 2012 16:12:12 UTC | #936724

xsjadolateralus's Avatar Comment 3 by xsjadolateralus

The sad thing is, we don't even need ancient diseases to wipe us out, we have the good ole' chrities bringing back the whooping cough and measles!

Next thing you know they will say that forcing them to have toilets and wash their hands is socialism and we'll see a rise in polio or something.

Climate change/Co2 emissions- Not real to religious, probably going to kill us all.

Religious extremists/suicide bombers- Not real to religious, probably going to kill us all.

Viruses/germs- Not real to religious, probably going to kill us all.

Death- Not real to religious, will kill us all.

BUT, the Devil- TOTALLY REAL to religious, going to kill us all.

Apparently god is real, too and he again, wants to kill us all.

Calling it backwards is not even sufficient. It's Orwellian.

Mon, 23 Apr 2012 17:10:12 UTC | #936741

Alan4discussion's Avatar Comment 4 by Alan4discussion

@link As they are released from the glaciers, the microbes could have numerous effects on the environment: the cells could become decaying masses of organic matter, releasing carbon into the atmosphere and contributing to global warming;

I think this is a bit of a stretch of the imagination. Peat (organic matter) has been washing off the tundra and forests into the oceans for millennia, and decaying marine plankton has been sinking into the depths for millions of years.

and microorganisms added to the ocean could challenge or change marine life.

There could be some risk, but ancestors will have met ancestors in the past. There are plenty of "alien" species being spread around the planet on human transport (to particular localities), which we know are dangerous to humans and local ecosystems.

Mon, 23 Apr 2012 18:59:44 UTC | #936776

Alan4discussion's Avatar Comment 5 by Alan4discussion

Comment 2 by irate_atheist - And yet we still can't wipeout instances of WLC.

Do you have evidence? Has anyone tried leaving him in ice for 750,000 years?

Mon, 23 Apr 2012 19:01:36 UTC | #936777

Missus Gumby's Avatar Comment 6 by Missus Gumby

Hang on a mo, I don't think you are aware of my latest research:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wO2j270WJQ&feature=g-all-c&context=G2110a56FAAAAAAAATAA

Comment 2 by irate_atheist :

And yet we still can't wipeout instances of WLC.

Mon, 23 Apr 2012 19:19:11 UTC | #936781

Anonymous's Avatar Comment 7 by Anonymous

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Mon, 23 Apr 2012 20:48:40 UTC | #936801

aquilacane's Avatar Comment 8 by aquilacane

Comment 1 by AnAtheistBastard

I wonder if this could expose humans to ancient strains of diseases that our immune system is no longer resistant to.

You can actually flip that and it stays legit. A bit funny.

I wonder if this could expose ancient strains of disease to humans for which their immune system has not yet developed a resistance.

Mon, 23 Apr 2012 23:03:30 UTC | #936836

strangebrew's Avatar Comment 9 by strangebrew

There is also a faint possibility that there are organisms in the perma-frost that might provide a silver bullet to viral and bacterial diseases and infections that are rampant in the present world?

MRSA...HERPES...HIV...MARBURG...DENGUE...HPS...EBOLA...RABIES...etc etc

Maybe, just maybe, their relatively ancient and pristine DNA structure might elude the defences of the killer organisms of today that have no doubt evolved into the present day critter with associated and sophisticated defences against present day vaccines, there might be that back door left wide open...worth a gander methinks!

Seems there is a general assumption that there are some answers deep in the Amazon basin not yet utilized..but an ancient form, affectively an alien organism, got to be an interesting thought!

Tue, 24 Apr 2012 09:07:35 UTC | #936957

Ignorant Amos's Avatar Comment 10 by Ignorant Amos

Comment 1 by AnAtheistBastard

I wonder if this could expose humans to ancient strains of diseases that our immune system is no longer resistant to.

That was my first thought while reading the article. HIV might be the least of our worries. Some preserved strain of deadly flu virus with no cure perhaps. Science fiction okay....but since when did that stop yesterdays fiction becoming tomorrows fact?

Maybe we are all worrying about the wrong "Thing" when getting concerned about microbes being released by AGW...}80)~

Tue, 24 Apr 2012 14:02:15 UTC | #936997

Tyler Durden's Avatar Comment 11 by Tyler Durden

Comment 10 by Ignorant Amos :

Maybe we are all worrying about the wrong "Thing" when getting concerned about microbes being released by AGW...

"Why don't we just wait here for a little while... see what happens... "

Tue, 24 Apr 2012 14:13:45 UTC | #937000

Ignorant Amos's Avatar Comment 12 by Ignorant Amos

Comment 11 by Tyler Durden

"Why don't we just wait here for a little while... see what happens... "

Hee Hee...that seems to be the preferred tactic of many a knuckle dragger....it seems we could possibly be fecked in any event.

Tue, 24 Apr 2012 14:36:10 UTC | #937003

aroundtown's Avatar Comment 13 by aroundtown

Who knows what is coming down the pike with these new developments but I am happy for it either way. Let's shake the tree and see what happens. Here in the United States the Republiscum are the epitome of the preverbal Ostridge with it's head in the ground denying any climate change whatsoever. I would think many would be surprised that the Mormon community is adamant that global warming is not an issue and here comes Mr. Romney who could potentially become the next leader for the United States, how scary it that. Mr. Magic underwear opposing any and all efforts to address the problem.

I guess for me it is a case of "you go I go" when I view this insanity. I will likely suffer from the in-action of the Republican scumbags but as long as l get to see them suffer in the mix I can make my peace with it all. One crazy way to see it I admit but what other options do we have since the opposition to any effective measures to curb the warming are thwarted by the petroleum industry who love cash more than life itself and will do anything they can to push the story under the rug.

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 04:47:12 UTC | #937397

GreatWhiteShark's Avatar Comment 14 by GreatWhiteShark

There is nothing controversial or worrying about ths article at all. Its just inspiring climate catastrophe paranoia. Its not the first time the ice has melted and not the only way in which old microbes find their way back into the ecosystem, and so what if they do! We have been living quite happily along side their predecessors.

Its the industrial conversion of ancient biological deposits into CO2 and similar pollutants, their subsequent and unprecedented introduction into the atmosphere, and the free fall loss of biodiversity due to human induced climate change and direct destruction that we should be worrying about... and Godzilla of course never forget him!

Tue, 01 May 2012 03:32:42 UTC | #938561