Some people take the thought of immortality too seriously. Scientists have been trying to figure out the key to a healthy and long lasting life forever. This scientist took a turn for the crazy when he injected himself with a 3.5 million-year-old bacteria. Yuck! Some people take the thought of immortality too seriously.
Anatoli Brouchkov is a permafrost scientist also known as a geocryologist. This means he studies really, REALLY old ground specimens. The Moscow State University scientist is famous for injecting himself with a 3.5 million-year-old bacteria, which he found in a ground sample in Siberia. The bacteria survived living in the ground for millions of years, which made Brouchkov believe the bacteria might be the key to human immortality.
The bacteria in question is scientifically called Bacillus F, which was capable of surviving underneath the ice of Siberia for millions of years. When Brouchkov tested the bacteria on a batch of fruit flies, the flies had a “positive” reaction. The bacteria also made it possible for female mice to reproduce at ages far beyond what is considered normal.
Brouchkov stated, “After successful experiments on mice and fruit flies, I thought it would be interesting to try the inactivated bacteria culture. If we can find out how the bacteria stays alive, we probably would be able to find a tool to extend our own lives.”
For over the last couple of decades, scientists have been recovering bacteria from the Siberian permafrost. Ancient viruses have many different properties, which could hold the key to understanding modern-day illnesses. Brouchkov even states why this particular strain of bacteria, Bacillus F, could hold the key to understanding modern day diseases and possibly bring immortality.
Other scientists are also commending Brouchkov for his discovery and for his experiments with the bacteria.
Dr. Viktor Chernyavsky stated Brouchkov found, “the elixir to life,” and that it was a “scientific sensation.”
The only problem is that this is such a new strain of bacteria, and scientists can’t completely understand how the bacteria would respond in relation to human life. But, doctors also know people who have been infected by the bacteria in Siberia who seem to be living longer lives.
Bacteria, like Bacillus F, can be found in Siberian tap water, which can get into the local population. The bacteria is actually very prevalent iin the diet of the Yakut people, who have been known to live longer.
Brouchkov stated, “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.” The life expectancy of bacteria infected people is 10 years longer than non-affected people in the Siberian area.
Bacteria which can grant immortality is a great idea, but don’t just go injecting yourself with bacteria from Siberia. Doctors and scientists are still in the early stages of learning how to deal with these “diseases,” and most of the bacteria is a relatively new discovery. Dr. Brouchkov’s experiment will help discover how these million-year-old bacterias really help the human immune system.