Dr. Anatoly Brushkov isolated ancient bacteria from 3.5 million years old permafrost in Russia and injected himself with the bacteria to seek eternal life.
Discovery of ancient bacteria in permafrost
The quest for the elixir of life to gain human immortality has been known from ancient history to the present times. While many claim to seek and find the elixir of life, man has yet not attained immortality. This time, the claim of having found the secret to a long life has been made by scientists in Russia. The survival of life in the most adverse of conditions has always intrigued scientists. 65% of Russian territory remains covered in permafrost that contains microorganisms that have been alive for millions of years. In the year 2009, Russian scientist Dr. Anatoly Brushkov, head of the geocryology department of Moscow University isolated a bacteria they named Bacillus cereus F (Frost) from permafrost that is presumed to be about 3 million years old. This permafrost sample was collected from the Mammoth Mountain, Central Yakutia that is located along the bank of a river.
A team of scientists along with Dr. Anatoly Brushkov conducted experiments over a period of 6 years to study the isolated bacteria. The genome of Bacillus F was sequenced and it was observed that the genome of Bacillus F is longer than that of most other bacteria and is characterized by 600 unknown genes.
Bacillus F was injected into mice and a significant increase in mice’s life span was observed. The mice not only lived longer but exhibited improved vigor and vitality. The life of mice was increased by 30 percent of its actual life span. Female mouse past its reproductive age injected with this bacterium restored its fertility and reproductive ability once again. According to the researchers, the bacteria showed no signs of aging and also boosted immunity of the animal into which it was injected. The bacteria like most other bacteria, on entering the mice have to counter the immune system and are killed, but leave the mice rejuvenated.
Bacillus cereus strain F was isolated and cultured from a sample of permafrost, aged presumably about 3 million years, on the Mammoth Mountain (62°56′N, 133°59′E). These genome data provide the basis to investigate Bacillus cereus F, identified as a long-term survivor of the extremely cold and close environment.
Scientist injects himself with ancient bacteria
Anatoly Brushkov went a step further with his research when he injected himself with Bacillus F. This may sound like something a scientist could very well come up with. He claims that he has felt younger for the past two years after the injection and has not been down with the flu in these years. The bacteria are found in trace amounts in the water in the area from which it was isolated as a result of the thawing of permafrost. This suggests that the locals in and around Yakutia are already exposed to the same with no dangerous consequences. While this cannot be practiced or counseled as treatment yet, work continues to determine the characteristics of this bacterium. The research proposes that the bacteria can extend human lifespan to 140 years.
The researchers believe that the 600 unknown genes in the genome of Bacillus F must carry the secret to its long life and vitality. The mechanism of how it improves longevity in mice is not yet understood and there is a long way to go to validate the claims based on scientific facts through thorough research.