A Russian scientist reckons he has found the secret to eternal life after injecting himself with 3.5million-year-old bacteria.
Anatoli Brouchkov, 58, says he feels healthier and stronger after taking the ‘elixir of life’.
But if you want a piece of the action, sorry folks, he’s sacrificed himself to be the guinea pig and says it’s too early to let others try it.
Brouchkov, head of the Geocryology Department at Moscow State, discovered a bacteria called Bacillus F which has remained alive in permafrost for millions of years.
That’s led some to believe it defies the rules of ageing and could improve people’s lifespan.
Experiments with the bacteria on mice, fruit flies, plants and human blood cells show intriguing results in improving longevity, but academics cannot explain why this is.
Prof Brouchkov told the Siberian Times: ‘I started to work longer, I’ve never had a flu for the last two years.’
‘It wasn’t quite a scientific experiment, so I cannot professionally describe the effects,’ he added.
‘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.’
Yet it is too early to allow ordinary people to be exposed to the bacteria as a means of extending their lives, he suggested.
‘It still needs the experiments. We have to work out how this bacteria prevents ageing,’ he said.
‘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?’
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