A controversial Russian scientist has injected himself with a 3.5 million year old ‘eternal life’ bacteria fund in the Siberian permafrost – and says he is now stronger and never gets ill.
Anatoli Brouchkov, head of the Geocryology Department at Moscow State University, says he has not had flu for two years following his injection.
The bacteria,named Bacillus F, has remained alive in permafrost for millions of years.
Russian scientists claim to be making progress in adapting an ‘eternal’ bacteria called Bacillus F (pictured) to improve the longevity of humans. The bacteria, found in permafrost, is thought to be 3.5 million years old.
Scientists have tested it on mice and human blood cells, but
Brouchkov says he decided to become a guinea pig for the experiment.
‘I started to work longer, I’ve never had a flu for the last two years,’ he told The Siberian Times
‘After successful experiments on mice and fruit flies, I thought it would be interesting to try the inactivated bacterial culture,’ .
The bacteria is actually in trace amounts in the water of the region, he claims.
‘The permafrost is thawing, and I guess these bacteria get into the environment, into the water, so the local population, the Yakut people, in fact, for a long time are getting these cells with water, and even seem to live longer than some other nations. So there was no danger for me.’
He admitted he had no idea what the bacteria was doing to him.
‘But we do not know yet exactly how it works. In fact, we do not know exactly how aspirin works, for example, but it does.
‘The same is true here: we cannot understand the mechanism, but we see the impact.’
‘Perhaps there were some side-effects, but there should be some special medical equipment to spot them.
‘Of course, such experiments need to be conducted in clinic, with the special equipment and statistics.
‘Then we could say clearly about all the effects.’
‘If we can find how the bacteria stays alive we probably would be able to find a tool to extend our own lives,’ he told RT in an interview.
They revealed they have unlocked the DNA of the bacteria and are now seeking to understand the genes which have allowed its survival in the Siberian permafrost. An image of the bacteria in a test tube is shown
The epidemiologist behind the study, Dr Viktor Chernyavsky (pictured) said: ‘The bacteria gives out biologically active substances throughout its life, which activates the immune status of experimental animals’
The bacteria may also hold the key to fertility – it allows older female mice to reproduce after they’ve stopped being able to, and heals plants.
Describing the discoveries as a ‘scientific sensation’ and an ‘elixir of life’, Yakutsk epidemiologist Dr Viktor Chernyavsky said: ‘The bacteria gives out biologically active substances throughout its life, which activates the immune status of experimental animals.’
As a result, ‘mice grannies not only began to dance, but also produced offspring’.
If the same substance were to be given to people, it could cause a significant improvement in their health, leading to the discovery of an ‘elixir of life’, said Dr Chernyavsky.
The bacteria was first discovered six years ago in ancient permafrost at a site known as Ulakhan Suullur (Mammoth Mountain) in the Sakha Republic, also known as Yakutia, which is the largest region in Siberia
The bacteria was discovered in 2009 by Dr Anatoli Brouchkov, head of the Geocryology Department of Moscow State University.
It was embedded in ancient permafrost at a site known as Mammoth Mountain in the Sakha Republic, also known as Yakutia, the largest region in Siberia.
Similar bacteria were discovered by Siberian scientist Vladimir Repin in the brain of an extinct woolly mammoth preserved by permafrost.
‘We did a lot of experiments on mice and fruit flies and we saw the sustainable impact of our bacteria on their longevity and fertility,’ said Dr Brouchkov. ‘But we do not know yet exactly how it works.’
For now ‘we cannot understand the mechanism, but we see the impact’.