Scientist Anatoli Brouchkov from Russia has done the unthinkable by injecting 3.5 million-year-old bacteria directly into his veins. While many would think he should be whisked away to the nearest hospital to avoid gang-green, he believes that the injection will make him immortal.
Anatoli is specifically a permafrost scientist, otherwise known as a geocryologist. And while it would seem disgusting to inject bacteria that is millions of years old into your veins, he has been reported to be fine. Actually, more than fine, he states that he feels healthier than ever. When speaking with the Siberian Times he explained that,
“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.
When questioned regarding why he felt the injection would be safe, he maintained that he never had any doubts about his own safety. As a matter of fact, there are trace amounts of the bacteria in the water found in the same region.
He stated, “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.”
The bacteria contained within the injection is referred to as Bacillus F, which he pulled from a permafrost sample from Mammoth Mountain in the Norther Siberian region of Yakutsk in 2009.
And he isn’t the only scientist who believes in the medicinal properties of this ancient bacteria. Scientists have been observing the recovered bacteria found in the Siberian permafrost for decades. In 2014 researchers from the Russian Academy of Sciences sequenced the genome of a drug-resistant plasmid they had isolated from the permafrost bacteria.
A Siberian epidemiologist, Dr. Viktor Chernyavsky has called this discovery the elixir of life. However, scientists aren’t exactly sure how the bacteria works. It is believed that the substances contained in the bacteria that have kept it alive for eons may also boost the immune functions of other organisms.
“I would say, there exist immortal bacteria, immortal beings,” Dr. Brouchkov says. “They cannot die — to be more precise, they can protect themselves. Our cells are unable to protect themselves from damage. It is the main riddle of mankind and I believe we must work to solve it. Now we have a key, ancient bacteria, which scientists have found in an extreme and ancient environment.”
If you would like to try it out for yourself, you need only to visit Siberia. The bacteria, Bacillus F is easily found in Siberia’s tap water. However, Brouchkov has also stated that the bacteria may not be entirely responsible for his current well-being. Furthermore, he plants on conducting a series of clinical studies to further research the effects of the bacteria. He says, “We have to work out how this bacteria prevents aging. I think this is the way this science should develop,” he said. “What is keeping that mechanism alive? And how can we use it for our own benefits?”