Since ancient times, people have been trying to locate the fabled fountain of youth. Has anyone found it?
Could it even theoretically exist at some point? Dr. Anatoli Brouchkov of Russia claims to have discovered it in bacteria that are 3.5 million years old; thus, the idea that it exists is not far-fetched.
What is the next step for Dr. Brouchkov? Inject himself with it, of course.
The Bacteria That Doesn’t Die
Dr. Brouchkov discovered Bacillus F, a type of ancient bacteria, preserved in the permafrost of a Siberian mountain in the Yakutsk region in 2009.
The remnants of the wooly mammoth were discovered much further down in the permafrost.
Its age (he estimated it to be around 3.5 million years old) and beauty initially astounded Dr. Brouchkov. It was really old, but it was still very much alive.
Bacillus F seems to make everything around it live longer, too.
“I don’t shine if you don’t shine,” it might remark if it could talk.
Results from early experiments on mice, fruit flies, and crops have been so promising that a Russian epidemiologist named Dr. Viktor Chernyavsky has dubbed it an “elixir of life.”
The name “Bacillus F” will likely stick for the time being, but he is correct in his assessment of the potency of this microbe.
Mice exposed to it live longer and continue to reproduce even as “grannies,” as Chernyavsky called it.
Bacillus F increases crop growth and hardiness against frost.
People in the Yakutia region may have a longer lifespan than usual due to the presence of Bacillus F in their drinking water.
Bacillus F obviously has insider knowledge that we lack. (We wouldn’t even make it a millennium.) However, since it was only recently discovered, researchers still don’t know what makes this organism so resilient.
While Dr. Brouchkov and his team have sequenced the DNA of the bacteria, they have yet to identify the gene or genes responsible for the organism’s incredible resistance to death.
Dr. Brouchkov compares the difficulty of answering this question to that of pinpointing the cancer-causing genes.
That is to say, you won’t be able to pick up a Bacillus F shot at CVS any time soon.
The Scientist Who Said “YOLO”
Even though no one has ever tested Bacillus F on humans or understood how it worked, Dr. Brouchkov was willing to be the first human guinea pig.
His favorite argument is that, like aspirin, the mechanism of action is a mystery.
“I was just curious,” he said.
As a result, he made the YOLO decision. To test the germs, he decided to put them in himself.
“It’s not real science,” he’s conceded. (This study cannot be called a controlled trial.) However, perhaps he will now enjoy an eternal life!
He’s absolutely still alive, and he says he’s feeling better than ever. In 2015, he said that in the two years after he injected himself, he had not suffered from a single cold or illness. He also felt more energized than usual.
More research is required to determine whether or not Bacillus F can actually increase human lifespan beyond the placebo effect.
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On the other hand, it could be a sign of some kind if Dr. Brouchkov makes it to age 1,000.
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