A woman is risking her life by injecting herself with doses of a 3.5 million-year-old bacteria in a bid for ‘eternal youth’.
The 45-year-old German actress who goes by the moniker Manoush has been injecting herself monthly with Bacillus F, bacteria found in Siberia.
The ancient bacteria was discovered by scientists in 2009 who have hailed it a ‘scientific sensation’.
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After unlocking its DNA code in 2015, it appears the bacteria shows no sign of ageing and could unlock the key to improved human health and longevity.
Doctor Anatoli Brouchkov, head of the Geocryology Department at Moscow State University, has been giving Manoush samples containing extracts of the bacteria.
For the past three months she has been injecting this into her blood stream and believes it has made her look and feel younger.
Mother-of-one Manoush has already spent £36,800 on plastic surgery over the last 20 years but believes the injections has really made the difference.
My skin is as soft as a baby’s bottom. You can’t really see it in the photos but if you see me in person you can see there are no marks or blemishes.
I have never felt better. I have never slept better, deeper or longer.
This summer we had huge temperature changes and normally I would get a cold. I didn’t this time.
I can’t prove that it is because I have been injecting this bacteria. It could be other reasons but I do believe that it is the effects of using the bacteria on myself.
As the procedure is experimental, no doctor would inject her as they would most likely lost their licence.
Instead she injects herself and then sends blood tests from before and after to Doctor Brouchkov.
Dr Brouchkov has been taking this for years now and he has fabulous skin, like a young man.
He is doing me a big favour, he is doing science a favour. I am happy to be a part of this.
Although Doctor Brouchkov has taken the bacteria himself, he has only taken it orally and has advised Manoush not to inject.
These microorganisms have some kind of amazing mechanism of survival which keeps them alive for millions of years. Just imagine if we were able to use it and prolong our lives for thousands of years.
We have something here alive on earth which lives millions of years, in our own hands. We shouldn’t miss that opportunity, that’s my strong belief.
Although Manoush is totally for taking part in this experiment, her family and friends think differently.
My family is absolutely against this. They are going up and down the wall about this. They refuse to have anything to do with it.
Sometimes I look in the mirror and think I am a freak – but I know what I am doing to myself. This is all planned and I am not planning on stopping.
Some people can’t accept that for me when it comes to anti-aging there are no limits.
This is not going to make me 20 years younger. But I think it will help me live to 80 or 90 and age as disgracefully as I can in artificial health and beauty.
Since Manoush has had no adverse reaction so far, she is now injecting herself every two weeks and is hoping to up the dosage soon.
Although she doesn’t know what effects this may have in the long-term, Manoush wants to see what will happen.
Aging is a disease. It is a genetic flaw to me. Even as a teenager I could never accept the concept of getting older one day.
‘I don’t care what people think. I will stop at nothing to look and feel younger. Nothing.
Should have stuck to Olay creams, they are both cheaper and healthier for your skin!
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.