The Pandemic That Lasted 15 Million Years 

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Our DNA holds evidence of a huge, ancient pandemic, one that touched many different species, spanned the globe, and lasted for more than 15 million years.
The paper we discuss throughout the episode:
Diehl, W., Patel, N., Halm, K. and Johnson, W., 2016. Tracking interspecies transmission and long-term evolution of an ancient retrovirus using the genomes of modern mammals. eLife, 5.
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gukete پیش 10 دقیقه
sounds like father of HIV virus to me... cuz like that ancient Virus, HIV can also leave its genome to our DNA..
Freyja Folkvangr
Freyja Folkvangr پیش 54 دقیقه
Amazing source of information. You guys are fantastic!
YouTube Sucks
YouTube Sucks پیش 2 ساعت
15 million years? No, I am not ready to watch this yet.
tancheeken پیش روز
Might have, possibility, could be, there is a chance, might be...... Let's make a video about that.
Ramanuja Rao
Ramanuja Rao پیش روز
Isn't it amazing the virus succeeded in perpetuating the genetic material, which is the ultimate goal of all life, despite being wiped out.
Aye One
Aye One پیش 2 روز
"So it might've gotten the genes that helped it jump between species from other viruses" Yeah, it's called the CCP Lmao
ANSON KIEK پیش 2 روز
Coronavirus : yea ! Finally we are listed and study by human and get information and introduction on Wikipedia / IRitem 🤣
coco پیش 2 روز
awesome viddddddddd i love it
JR Vision
JR Vision پیش 3 روز
Now I understand why so many toxic people. because there more virus than genes
Marten Samulowitz
Marten Samulowitz پیش 3 روز
Every second of this video is absolutely high quality!
Juan Felipe
Juan Felipe پیش 4 روز
1% genes, 8% virus, 45% transposon
kazeo eins gili
kazeo eins gili پیش 4 روز
him " u ar more virus than genes" me " oh i see poor earth"
John Titor
John Titor پیش 4 روز
Lets just burn everything and go back to the caves
TheGiantburger پیش 4 روز
Is it humans? Edit: Unless this is the real life walking dead my idea was better.
Lopamudra Ray
Lopamudra Ray پیش 5 روز
Viral DNA? Or RNA?
Colin Whiteneck
Colin Whiteneck پیش 5 روز
15 million yrs to flatten the curve
How To
How To پیش 5 روز
I think virus play a huge part in random mutations and natural selection of multicellular organisms🤔. "Co-existence or non-existence"
jans1982 پیش 5 روز
Randy Marsh watching this...
Jasmijn ariel
Jasmijn ariel پیش 5 روز
I cant handle a 15million year lockdown sorry! 🥺
Marina Abroad
Marina Abroad پیش 5 روز
Dont give it ideas!!
Capricosm پیش 5 روز
Viruses have been around since life begun on Earth.
tebytorozo پیش 5 روز
I though he was going to say that we human were that pandemia.
Sauryasasi Daspal
Sauryasasi Daspal پیش 5 روز
Preparation of covid justification???
leo7630 پیش 6 روز
xi poo poo to his comrades......"did u guys write that down"??
Atmanirbhar پیش 7 روز
Is that "Human Stupidity"?
pgibsonorg پیش 7 روز
Coronavirus was a lab originated virus from gain of function research. Asserting possible natural origins for Covid makes me wonder if PBS is intentionally supporting NIH’s coverup of the origins of Covid-19
Aditya Phadnis
Aditya Phadnis پیش 7 روز
Another pandemic has proliferated on Mother Earth since few centuries , which is humans
Siam Zubayer
Siam Zubayer پیش 7 روز
Sheesh, so no school tomorrow eh boys?
SJ C پیش 8 روز
Nature: hmm this human race is getting a little bit full of itself Covid19: nature, hold my beer, I got this
John Trench
John Trench پیش 8 روز
Welcome the understanding of why getting vaccinated in the modern age is both personally important AND important to the public as a whole.
The lost Poet
The lost Poet پیش 8 روز
But I have Negative Rh antigen in my blood and hence I don’t have similarity with blood in rhesus monkey 🤔
Lauren Damaso Ruiz
Lauren Damaso Ruiz پیش 8 روز
I never wear jeans so that makes perfect sense
Go vegan plz
C G پیش 8 روز
You are cute genes
D B پیش 9 روز
The Coronavirus may be a competitivor to the longest virus ever. Judging by how people can't learn how to stay in doors. Lol🧐
Annabel Hawksworth
Annabel Hawksworth پیش 10 روز
The answer to why humans are a plague, we are more virus that genes.
upthebracket26 پیش 10 روز
has humanity really lasted this long?
Google Sucksass
Google Sucksass پیش 11 روز
Pandemic is the incorrect term.
R. Flash
R. Flash پیش 11 روز
Finally a explanation as to why everyone is such a got damn MORON!
Andrew Zych
Andrew Zych پیش 11 روز
meh viruses are the true engine of evolution!
Rupesh Sane
Rupesh Sane پیش 12 روز
I thought it's humans
DeLoachApproach پیش 12 روز
If you cannot beat 'em - co-opt 'em.
Luisa Cardet
Luisa Cardet پیش 12 روز
PBS ENOS. Don't waste your time, this people don't know what you talking about. Thanks for posting. Well educated.
Ridhima Kunda
Ridhima Kunda پیش 13 روز
15 million????? Ok I am going to nicobar island....
Steven Salerno
Steven Salerno پیش 13 روز
Again with this crap. Covid came from the lab. Even the intelligence agencies aren’t trying to hide anymore.
JtheArgonaut پیش 13 روز
Interesting video. I wonder how can scientists say with certainty that this sequence of the DNA code was once a virus?
Brown Whale
Brown Whale پیش 13 روز
15 millions years is nothing. It took me like forever to get out of lockdown.
Kshitij Sharma
Kshitij Sharma پیش 13 روز
Getting cancer by virus?
Stephanie Yee
Stephanie Yee پیش 13 روز
This is very interesting and informative.
Haze Cliff
Haze Cliff پیش 14 روز
I thought it was stupidity.
Cheese Melon
Cheese Melon پیش 14 روز
It's possible that dolphins just inherited it from Indohyus (dolphins didn't exist at that time). This would've put them in close proximity with the Glires, whom rabbits evolved from.
Patrick van Ham
Patrick van Ham پیش 14 روز
Makes me think of the Matrix: Agent Smith: I'd like to share a revelation that I've had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realised that you're not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You're a plague and we are the cure.
Princess Pepita
Princess Pepita پیش 14 روز
With selfish idiots refusing the vaccine in developed countries and Covid ripping through Asia and Africa unchecked, we can expect new variants to continue to ravage us for YEARS. People who think a worse variant isn't coming are fooling themselves. Don't throw away your masks- this ain't over, not by a long shot.
markr1878 پیش 14 روز
The 8% versus 2% is irrelevant. If the 2% is more important and the 8% is just read as irrelevant. When you get a newspaper. You don't read the entire thing word for word. You look for the more important information. Just because a ERV embedded itself means nothing in itself. If it doesn't encode for anything.
ClosestNearUtopia پیش 14 روز
Disliked, just for the content..
Gaurav Kumar Gupta Yadav
Gaurav Kumar Gupta Yadav پیش 14 روز
Wow lockdown for 15 million years
No Name
No Name پیش 15 روز
Is it happening right now, you know, a virus that doesn’t kill its host & therefore science has not become aware of it? How about Covid in folks that either show no symptoms or survive the sickness associated with it-is the surviving host’s DNA being changed by the virus?
Nallah108 پیش 15 روز
If an event happens to the most successful species and lasts for fifteen million years IS NOT A PANDEMIC. It's called: Evolution.
Leroy Jenkins
Leroy Jenkins پیش 15 روز
Thank you PBS, This is all i needed to lift my spirits up. Sincerely, Indian Guy
Beverley Lumb
Beverley Lumb پیش 15 روز
So does that mean that cancers are caused by a virus so we could get a vaccine for them eventually if that's the case and I'm understanding it right
Shazuan Ajiji
Shazuan Ajiji پیش 16 روز
I guess Agent Smith was right..we are a type of virus after all..😂
jamie chatterton
jamie chatterton پیش 16 روز
If Viral DNA, I presume it's dormant, that might act like conditions we see today, could those conditions be caused by the random activation of said DNA?
Lawrence lawrence
Lawrence lawrence پیش 16 روز
More virus than genes and to add to that more bacteria cells than human cells. My oh my our bodies are a walking virus/germ organism. Then on the metaphysical side let's talk about spirit and see how that fits in.
nosuchthing8 پیش 16 روز
We are more virus than genes...mind blown...
Hitesh Saxena
Hitesh Saxena پیش 16 روز
Very timely video, doesn't give much hope!
Priyanshi Una
Priyanshi Una پیش 17 روز
No Pandemic can be bigger than the birth of us Humans!!
QwErTy پیش 17 روز
O oh i have a bad feeling about this
Harshit Bhardwaj
Harshit Bhardwaj پیش 17 روز
Curse you PBS Eons. How dare you show me this recommendation after 1 year of lockdowns and depression. Damn you!
Gil Peterson
Gil Peterson پیش 18 روز
That bloody comet joke has to be at least 65 million years old...
[ CMV ] America
[ CMV ] America پیش 18 روز
Don’t tell Dr. Fauci this.
Ragna Podewski
Ragna Podewski پیش 18 روز
There were no virologists in that time, so life could go on!
atimholt پیش 19 روز
Interesting-I guess the zeitgeist has moved on from always depicting viruses as bacteriophages, huh?
Jay Rozario
Jay Rozario پیش 19 روز
War of the Worlds was trying to tell us something real and viruses are actually security updates.
Anindita Basak
Anindita Basak پیش 19 روز
Would request the host to decrease his rate of speech. He is too fast to follow.
Jason Jones
Jason Jones پیش 20 روز
Maybe a virus is the reason humans evolved the way they did....
Ars Longa
Ars Longa پیش 20 روز
It’s all one big soup.
rinck17 پیش 20 روز
We ended lockdowns too soon. -Dr. Fauci
sayan roy
sayan roy پیش 20 روز
"You're more virus than you're genes." Did you listen, Corona ? I'm your brethren, buddy. Don't infect me.
sayan roy
sayan roy پیش 20 روز
I'm a time traveller from the year 15,002,019. It's still on, folks. Brace yourselves.
Arthur پیش 20 روز
A new mistery link
mari 〈3
mari 〈3 پیش 20 روز
Can anyone point me to the video he referred to at the end?
Time To Thrive
Time To Thrive پیش 20 روز
Ironic discovery timing.
Genji پیش 20 روز
So wait, if the virus causes cancer, couldn't that possibly mean the reason why we get cancer right now is because of virus still being in our system? Or at least it being one of the causes?
Aquatic Typhoon
Aquatic Typhoon پیش 21 روز
What would happen if the DNA was spliced out? I wonder if it has anything to do with mutations that cause cancer in modern humans. I know someone spliced their own DNA to allow them to process lactate, so I wonder if it can be done to purposely to take out unwanted genes.
dilore1 پیش 21 روز
All living organisms have contaminated DNA??
Iftekhar Ahmed
Iftekhar Ahmed پیش 21 روز
good timing .. this is comforting
Joe tuktyyuktuk
Joe tuktyyuktuk پیش 22 روز
There is a viral pandemic that started more than 100,000 years ago and continues to this day. The Earth is very sick with an infection of Humans, it's immune system is currently trying to fight back...
Mr V
Mr V پیش 22 روز
This one feels like it
K k
K k پیش 22 روز
Now I gotta wear a mask for 15 million years 🙂
tibetloga پیش 23 روز
It was ancient genetic engineering using a virus as a carrier. Two of our chromosomes have been fused together. That chromosome has twice the number of telomeres as the others. Someone, or something, has been meddling.
Mike پیش 23 روز
Dont give bill gates any more ideas
Jennifer Carriger
Jennifer Carriger پیش 23 روز
Overly extreme environmentalist: HUMANS ARE A DISEASE UPON THE EARTH!!!! Scientists: well sort of, let me explain...
lady lati
lady lati پیش 23 روز
Humans are more bacteria than human tissue too .
Matthew Alexander Hare
Matthew Alexander Hare پیش 23 روز
Sensation: DNA randomly mutates. 🤦‍♂️
Cyril Ambata
Cyril Ambata پیش 24 روز
Crisper cas-9 discussed in a netflix documentary would explain this. Our immune system has a genetic component that 'remembers' virus strains by binding parts of the virus to our genetic sequences.
Carl Good
Carl Good پیش 24 روز
as a PhD molecular geneticist, very well done
Leonah The Lioness
Leonah The Lioness پیش 25 روز
If they had only worn their masks.. 🤔
Demoniclily پیش 25 روز
We're now on year 15million of "two weeks to flattening the curve"
Tabby Chan
Tabby Chan پیش 25 روز
I knew that humanity is a virus
Joe Kawano
Joe Kawano پیش 25 روز
I wonder what effects our current virology will have on our DNA / output-selves long term...
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