The "Bacillus F" bacteria was discovered on Mamontova Gora - Mammoth Mountain - in Siberia's Sakha Republic, also known as Yakutia, in 2009 by Anatoli Brouchkov, head of the Geocryology Department at the Moscow State University. Scientists have finally managed to decode the DNA of the ancient bacteria, which was thriving in permafrost, close to the remains of woolly mammoths and rhinos.
"We did a lot of experiments on mice and fruit flies and we saw the sustainable impact of our bacteria on their longevity and fertility. But we do not know yet exactly how it works. In fact, we do not know exactly how aspirin works, for example, but it does. The same is true here: we cannot understand the mechanism, but we see the impact," said Brouchkov to Siberian Times.
Tests on living organisms have showed a positive impact, prompting scientists to say that they could be on track to adapting the bacteria for human use to prolong life.
"The bacteria gives out biologically active substances throughout its life, which activates the immune status of experimental animals," epidemiologist Dr. Viktor Chernyavsky said, according to The Daily Mail. He went on to call it "scientific sensation," and he said "mice grannies not only began to dance, but also produced offspring." Predicting the future, an optimistic Chernyavsky said that the bacteria could eventually lead to the discovery of an "elixir of life" and improve the health of human beings.
Siberian scientist Vladimir Repin discovered a similar bacteria in the brain of an extinct woolly mammoth preserved by permafrost.
"I would say, there exists immortal bacteria, immortal beings. They cannot die, to be more precise, they can protect themselves," Brouchkov said, according to the Sunday Express.
"In all these experiments, Bacillus F stimulated the growth and also strengthened the immune system. The experiments on human erythrocytes and leukocytes were also very optimistic," said Sergey Petrov, chief researcher of Tyumen Scientific Centre.
In fact, Brouchkov has said that he has injected himself with Bacillus F, becoming a human guinea pig, according to this news broadcast by RT.