Chronic Buckyball Administration Doubles Rat Lifespan

C(60) fullerene is a naturally occurring molecule containing 60 carbon atoms arranged in a sphere. It is famously known as the buckyball, short for buckminsterfullerene, and discovered in 1985.

Since 1993, the molecule has been suspected to have multiple potential biological benefits. This list includes UV and radioprotection, antiviral, antioxidant, and anti-amyloid activities, allergic response and angiogenesis inhibitions, immune stimulating and antitumour effects, enhancing effect on neurite outgrowth, gene delivery, and even hair-growing activity.

In the current study researchers fed the molecule dissolved in olive oil to rats and compared outcomes to a control group of rats who got plain olive oil.

The main question they wanted to answer was whether chronic C60 administration had any toxicity, what they discovered actually surprised them.

“Here we show that oral administration of C60 dissolved in olive oil (0.8 mg/ml) at reiterated doses (1.7 mg/kg of body weight) to rats not only does not entail chronic toxicity,” they write “but it almost doubles their lifespan.”

“The estimated median lifespan (EML) for the C60-treated rats was 42 months while the EMLs for control rats and olive oil-treated rats were 22 and 26 months, respectively,” they write.

Using a toxicity model the researchers demonstrated that the effect on lifespan seems to be mediated by “attenuation of age-associated increases in oxidative stress”

They also demonstrated that the compound is fully absorbed via the GI tract and totally eliminated from the body in 10 hours.

“These results of importance in the fields of medicine and toxicology should open the way for the many possible -and waited for- biomedical applications of C60 including cancer therapy, neurodegenerative
disorders, and ageing,” they conclude.

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62 Responses to “Chronic Buckyball Administration Doubles Rat Lifespan”

  1. Okonomiyaki3000 says:

    In massive doses does it grant prescience? If given to a pregnant rat, are her children born with the genetic memories of all their ancestors?

    • You'reProbsRetarded says:

      Are you retarded?

      • Obviouslyajoke says:

        I think that was a joke. How could you not see that?

      • Matt says:

        I think you’ll find it is a reference to the drug Melange from the Dune series by Frank Herbet.

      • He'sNotButYouAre says:

        Jesus you silly illiterate.

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    • anon says:

      we have found the spice

    • J Sargent says:

      Actually it does. The eyes turn blue as well. I see many things…

  2. muad'dib says:

    I heard about this
    I think you need the water of life

  3. BaronHarkonnen says:

    Ateides scum.

  4. DukeLeto says:

    Gives them the prettiest blue-in-blue eyes..

  5. Shadout Mapes says:

    Never mind the rats! What effect does this stuff have on worms?

  6. [...] it’s been shown to almost double normal lifespan … in rats. But in only one study so [...]

    • CLEACH says:

      I do feel that more tests need to occur but considering they where testing the toxicity of this treatment and got preety much the exact opposite result should excite anyone. So cool what you can do with carbon, its like the lego of the periodic table.

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  8. Brad Arnold says:

    No where in the article does it suggest an immediate use: human consumption as a suppliment.

    It could very well be the best life extension discovery since the CRdiet (which I’m on).

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  10. santa says:

    could be a hidden CR effect ? C60 may dampen appitide.

  11. Maybe the next step would be to compare the rat-preserving results using different-sized fullerenes besides C-60. So far the smallest is C-20 and they go up into the hundreds. The results would probably show as a bell curve, with the optimal fullerene at the peak. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that what’s good over the year or two that a rat lives could be deleterious to a human over larger time scales.

    BTW, the current retail price for buckminsterfullerene (C-60), at least, is around $40.00 per gram. C-70 is the next most easily available, though at a correspondingly higher cost.

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  14. Marcos Dinnerstein says:

    In my own studies I have found that I can now bench press 5 times my now reduced body weight, members and non-members of the opposite sex follow me in the streets, and lab rats ask me how I got this healthy glow. I just say, ‘I’ve got bucky balls’ and they nod knowingly. I’d like to see additional peer reviewed studies validate these findings. (not my peers, I wouldn’t trust them)

  15. Nate says:

    Doubling the lifespan of rats? Wasn’t that the plot of “Secret of NIMH”?

  16. PacRim Jim says:

    Chronic Buckyball Administration?

    Don’t we already have that in D.C.?

  17. willis says:

    The stuff really is good. I mixed some bucky balls in olive oil and fried up a mess of dog. The taste was downright presidential!

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  19. [...] for unexpected scientific results… April 19, 2012 // 0 Chronic Buckyball Administration Doubles Rat Lifespan Since 1993, the molecule has been suspected to have multiple potential biological benefits. This [...]

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  26. Lonemarauder says:

    Where exactly does one purchase C60 for $40/gram, the only place I found has it listed at over $100

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  28. [...] But while it’s a remarkable finding, it’s worth remembering that it’s just a single study. It’s going to take a hell of a lot more work before the scientific community is completely convinced that we should all be splashing Bucky-enriched olive oil on our salads, that’s for sure. [Biomaterialsvia Extreme Longevity] [...]

  29. Daniel says:

    The world population is 6.8 billion. 215 life-years are lived. If buckyballs halve the rate of aging, and we discover this one second earlier, we save 215 life-years. If we learn it one day earlier, we save 18.6 million life-years. That’s equivalent to hundreds of thousands of lives. If we release it early, and it’s poisonous, it could destroy far more than that, so we clearly need to test it a little, but how much testing can we afford? Can we afford to test it on monkeys, just to not risk the lives of a few people? Can we afford to start with small scale testing, just not to risk a few hundred? Can we afford to wait for the results of the first test, before looking at dosage, just not to risk a few thousand?

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  34. Andrew says:

    Discovered this on the net recently. I am now taking buckyballs…does anyone know why we can’t take it on it’s own instead of being mixed with olive oil?

  35. Andreja says:

    Why are those tests always done on mice? I think we should commit tests on elephants first, and then, if it proves safe, do tests on humans 400 years later…

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