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Ancient bacteria could hold key to longevity

By T.K. Randall
September 21, 2015 · Comment icon 20 comments

Scientists have long sought a cure to age-related diseases. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 CSIRO
A 3.5 million-year-old bacteria found in Siberia could make it possible for humans to live longer.
Mankind has been obsessed with gaining immortality for thousands of years, but even despite the incredible advances in science and medicine achieved over the last few centuries our species still remains just as vulnerable to the ageing process as our ancestors were millions of years ago.

Now however a remarkable discovery made in Siberia may be set to change all that.

Scientists in Russia have revealed that they have been making significant progress towards turning a highly resilient type of bacteria - Bacillus F - in to a way to increase longevity in humans.

Tests carried out so far have yielded some promising results with mice, fruit flies, food crops and even human red blood cells showing notable improvements following treatment.
"The bacteria gives out biologically active substances throughout its life, which activates the immune status of experimental animals," said epidemiologist Dr Viktor Chernyavsky.

Some of the mice used in the tests were highly active and could even reproduce in to old age.

If all goes well the researchers are hoping that the discovery could eventually be turned in to a "fountain of youth" style elixir that could significantly improve a person's lifespan.

It could also be used to improve overall wellbeing so that people can stay healthier for longer.

Source: Mail Online | Comments (20)




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Comment icon #11 Posted by Athena1979 9 years ago
And thus begins the zombie apocalypse
Comment icon #12 Posted by Tsurugi 9 years ago
@Troublehalf Everything new starts out prohibitively expensive so that only the wealthy can afford it. This keeps the industry alive while it streamlines and economizes production, and prices gradually fall until everyone can afford it. For instance, the first flat screen displays were upwards of ten thousand dollars. Ten years later the prices were down to a few hundred dollars. Now everyone has one, or three, or five. And the models available today for a couple hundred bucks are vastly superior to the ten thousand dollar models bought by rich people at the beginning.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Rolci 9 years ago
They keep making these announcements, then years pass by, and NOTHING happens. I mean nothing! Remember the immortal jellyfish? http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/02/magazine/can-a-jellyfish-unlock-the-secret-of-immortality.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 Whatever happened to that???
Comment icon #14 Posted by Anomalocaris 9 years ago
More claims... A controversial Russian scientist has injected himself with a 3.5 million year old 'eternal life' bacteria fund in the Siberian permafrost - and says he is now stronger and never gets ill.Anatoli Brouchkov, head of the Geocryology Department at Moscow State University, says he has not had flu for two years following his injection. The bacteria,named Bacillus F, has remained alive in permafrost for millions of years. Read more
Comment icon #15 Posted by Misanthropic 9 years ago
Just read about this on another site. Seems a little reckless. Take ancient bacteria, inject yourself, go about your day. Better him then me.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Troublehalf 9 years ago
@Troublehalf Everything new starts out prohibitively expensive so that only the wealthy can afford it. This keeps the industry alive while it streamlines and economizes production, and prices gradually fall until everyone can afford it. For instance, the first flat screen displays were upwards of ten thousand dollars. Ten years later the prices were down to a few hundred dollars. Now everyone has one, or three, or five. And the models available today for a couple hundred bucks are vastly superior to the ten thousand dollar models bought by rich people at the beginning. True, but this is one of... [More]
Comment icon #17 Posted by Winter Summer 9 years ago
Bacteria survived in suspended animation. What happened to the former hosts? *shudder*
Comment icon #18 Posted by monkeyman2269 9 years ago
It can extend your life but the catch is you turn into a brain eater
Comment icon #19 Posted by Anomalocaris 9 years ago
This whole story reminds me
Comment icon #20 Posted by Sir Smoke aLot 9 years ago
It's a bad time to make such discovery right now. Imagine having the same politicians setup rule the world for next few centuries. I like Angela Merkel tho.


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