30 September 2015
-by Joshua Krause
6 years ago, Russian scientists discovered a rather strange bacterial strain hiding in the frozen wastelands of Eastern Siberia. Bacillus F was frozen in 3.5 million year old permafrost before researchers from Moscow State University retrieved it, and sent it to the lab. There they discovered that Bacillus F had amazing properties. After injecting it into mice, they found that it could increase immune function, revive fertility in older test subjects, and dramatically improve the lifespan of the rodents. The scientists that are working with the bacteria are hoping that it could allow the average human to easily live beyond 100 years.
Since that time they’ve also tested it on fruit flies, human blood cells, and crops, and all have responded positively to the bacteria. For now, researchers don’t understand the mechanism that allows it to improve bodily functions, much less how it survived for so many years while frozen in ice, but they are making progress. They’ve begun to unlock its DNA, and have found that it releases biologically active substances that increase cell growth and improve immune function. Beyond that, they are at a loss for an explanation.
But that hasn’t stopped Dr. Anatoli Brouchkov, the man who first discovered Bacillus F, from starting human trials a little earlier than expected. He’s recently revealed that he injected himself with the bacteria several years ago, which he claims improved his stamina and immune system. “I started to work longer, I’ve never had a flu for the last two years.” He added that “It still needs the experiments. We have to work out how this bacteria prevents aging. 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 benefit?”