If injecting yourself with 3.5 million-year-old bacteria could keep you looking and feeling youthful and healthy without having to fork out for a gym membership, would you do it?
Russian scientist Anatoli Brouchkov, head of the Geocryology Department at Moscow State University, is looking for the key to eternal youth.
He has therefore become a human guinea pig for some bacteria that could perhaps hold the key to longevity.
The bacteria,named Bacillus F, is amazing because it has remained alive in the permafrost for millions of years.
Scientists have tested it on mice and human blood cells, but this wasn’t enough for Mr. Brouchkov, who decided to inject himself with it.
“I started to work longer, I’ve never had a flu for the last two years,” he said. “After successful experiments on mice and fruit flies, I thought it would be interesting to try the inactivated bacterial culture,” he told The Siberian Times.
He didn’t think there would be a danger, as the bacteria is actually in trace amounts in the water of the region.
The scientist said: “‘Besides, 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.”
It’s not a proper science experiment, but Anatoli Brouchkov says that the bacteria seems to have had a positive effect on him.
He said: “‘It wasn’t quite a scientific experiment, so I cannot professionally describe the effects. But it was quite clear for me that I did not catch flu for two years. 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.”
People are definitely interested in looking for the key to eternal health and youth – just look at how many buy superfoods and do weird things like have their own blood injected into their faces.
If the bacteria does, in fact, work and scientists are able to enhance its power, it could make someone very rich.
Mr. Brouchkov said that they are still experimenting on the bacteria. He elaborated: “We have to work out how this bacteria prevents ageing. I think that is the way this science should develop. What is keeping that mechanism alive? And how can we use it for our own benefits?”
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.