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Foolish Scientists, Apparently Trying to Kill Us, Awaken 40,000-Year Old Worms Frozen in Ice

The scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could they didn't stop to think if they should.

Well, it's too late now. Tatiana Vishnivetskaya, a microbiologist at the University of Tennessee, apparently decided that nothing could possibly go wrong from thawing out a worm species that had been thought long dead. She found them locked in ice in Siberia, then decided that leaving well enough alone wasn't enough. The Sun reports:

Nematode expert Gaetan Borgonie, from Extreme Life Isyensya in Gentbrugge, Belgium, said the nematodes are well equipped to survive millennia of being locked in permafrost.
She said: "These buggers survive just about everything.”

Yeah, that's the problem.

-via Dave Barry | Photo: BAS/P. Boelen


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