The years 2015-2016 mark a double anniversary –
the 170th anniversary of birth and the 100th anniversary
of death – of one of the greatest Russian scientists, a person that may be considered a founding figure of modern
immunology, aging and longevity science – Elie Metchnikoff (May 15, 1845 – July
15, 1916). At this time of the rapid aging of the world population and the
rapid development of technologies that may ameliorate degenerative aging
processes, Metchnikoff’s pioneering contribution to the search for anti-aging
and healthspan-extending means needs to be recalled and honored.