A new bacterium discovered in the permafrost in Russia is capable of reducing the speed of the aging process of animals and helping people live up to 140 years.
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Bacillius F - the name of the bacterial strain - was discovered around Mount Mamontova in Russia's Yakutia republic. Mount Mamontova is located in the cold Siberia region. The branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAN) in Siberia studied the properties of proteins and some other elements of Bacillius F under permafrost. They concluded that their evolution was slower than 3 million years on the surface of the same type of bacteria, AFP reported.
Bacillius F bacteria in permafrost.
'In the extremely harsh environment, the Bacillius F's stamina is amazing. They proliferate at temperatures of only 5 degrees Celsius , "said Nadezhda Moronova, a spokesman for RAN's Institute of Biochemistry and Basic Medicine.
When the scientists introduced Bacillius F into mice, the animals' resistance to disease increased over time, while the rate of aging decreased. Metabolic rate in the body of Bacillius F infected mice increased by 20 to 30%. There is also a risk of blindness because their age is also reduced.
'Bacillius F infection causes the condition of old mice to change in a positive way,' Russian scientists commented.
The average life expectancy of mice vaccinated is 906 days, 1.5 times higher than other mice (589 days).
The team identified that Bacillius F bacteria in ice could help people live up to 100-140 years. Experts want to do more tests to learn more about their ability to prolong life. However, they believe that it is very impressive that the mice participating in the experiment live 1.5 times longer than other mice.