Billionaire Bryan Johnson injects himself with his son's blood to reverse aging

The tech mogul’s family is partaking in a unique intergenerational blood transfusion operation in the quest to reverse aging.

Tech mogul Bryan Johnson performed the first-ever intergenerational blood and plasma transfusion. This came as part o the Kernel's billionaire CEO’s Blueprint initiative. The project aims to measure and reverse the quantified biological age of his own organs. Johnson have undergone the most rigorous medical monitoring in human history, having investing nearly $2 million a year in health. Last April, he went a step further by injecting himself with blood and plasma from his 17-year-old son, Talmage Johnson.

The intergenerational transfusion operation was documented by Johnson himself, who produced a video documentary and several photographic reports to follow the process. This material was published last Tuesday in a Bloomberg report. The operation took place at a clinic in Dallas. It also involved Bryan Johnson's 70-year-old father, who received the blood and plasma donation from his son, who in turn received blood from the grandson.

Johnson’s experiment is reminiscent of popular myths linked to great multimillionaire fortunes, in which the blood and youth of young people is transferred to rich old men in a sort of vampiric ritual. Bryan Johnson himself was aware of this. However, the Blueprint project is being performed under the guise of scientific excellence, a quest for progress. The project was not spared from criticism when it was unveiled to the public in October 2021.

A poorly supported theory

Johnson's experiment, which has been underway for two years, is based on studies on rats that prove that the transfer of vital fluids from a younger organism is beneficial when they reach an older organism. A team of researchers stitched older mice with younger ones allowing them to share circulatory systems.


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Older rats showed improvements in cognitive function, metabolism and bone structure. Despite the tests carried out on rodents, health authorities have not issued any official endorsement of this type of treatment, which many medical clinics consider effective. The World Health Organization (WHO) advised against these practices in 2021.

Money for donors

In the Johnson family video documentary, they present the practice as a great thing to help those of advanced age. However, detractors of the practice point out the clear classism and the threat it may pose to the poorer social classes, all to the benefit of the wealthy. According to Bloomberg, young people who undergo blood and plasma donations typically receive between $50 and $100 for each donation, which can vary depending on the quantity of blood, from which the plasma is extracted.