Jerry Van Dyke

Scientists Revive 48,500-Year-Old 'Zombie Virus' Buried In Permafrost

What do these ancient viruses show, and what risk is humanity exposed to?Photo byImage by Mario from Pixabay. Although viruses are now generally avoided, they also contain a wealth of biological data that may be used to piece together the story of our distant ancestors' evolution. The persistence of such old viruses might explain why some other human species have vanished from the face of the planet. As the world warms, large areas of permafrost are thawing, releasing elements that have been trapped in its icy grip for years. This consists of a wide variety of bacteria, some of which have been dormant for hundreds of millennia.

New Group Aims to Increase Black Men in Medicine

In an effort to address the lack of African-American men in medicine, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the National Medical Association (NMA) formed the Action Collaborative for Black Men in Medicine. Research has shown that Black people are more likely to go to the doctor and be...