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Bogomolets' serum

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Antireticular cytotoxic serum.

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Antireticular cytotoxic serum based on animal bone marrow, usually from horses. It was supposed to enhance the reticulo-endothelial system, protect against diseases and prolong life. According to Bogomolets, the serum would make it possible to achieve the age of 140 years. This promise made Bogomolez a favourite of Josef Stalin (1879-1953), who supported Bogomolets' experimental work lavishly. Fortuntaly, the serum proved to be as much bullshit as horse marrow, and Stalin died in 1953.

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