When Tarek Baati's research group started out investigating the toxic dose for C60 in rats they had not expected to find that rather than being toxic, C60 almost doubled the lifespan of those rats receiving it dissolved in olive oil. They found the rats on C60 remained 'young' both in their appearance and their internal organs. Some of these rats were given the toxic chemical carbon tetrachloride which can cause severe liver damage. Those on C60 were found to be protected against many of the toxic effects of this toxin and to top it off they did not develop cancer as Wistar rats would normally be expected to do as they age.
Unsurprisingly this caused quiet storm amongst those interested in longevity and it was not long before people were experimenting with C60 in olive oil on their pets and themselves. It is far too early to know if humans taking C60 will live decades longer and have better health into their old age but there is certainly a growing number of people who want to give themselves that opportunity.
The details of the research in the scientific papers below. The second paper below the main one was published to correct some publishing errors in the original paper. They were relatively minor mistakes but what is not a mistake, C60 in olive oil was found to have remarkable positive effects which those fortunate to be aware of now have an opportunity to try on themselves.
Corrigendum to “The prolongation of the lifespan of rats by repeated oral administration of fullerene”