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According to a recent press conference Russian scientists have made a breakthrough so astounding it could change the universe as we know it in fundamental ways.

The essence of this discovery and the technology is that, we have developed an industrial method of transformation of one chemical element into another elements and isotopes. We present transmutation technology without nuclear reactors, heavy water other things like that, which are used for transmutation in traditional ways. We present biochemical method of elements and their isotopes transmutation.

Source: Russian Team “Actinides” Announces Discovery of Industrial Biochemical Method of Elemental Transmutation (Press Conference and Press Release)

Can these claims be proven or disproved in any way?

There are a number of references to scientific papers and patents on their website:

http://bt-isotopes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/PATENT_en.pdf

http://bt-isotopes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/press-release-transmutation.pdf

http://bt-isotopes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Translation-of-speaches-transmutation.pdf

http://bt-isotopes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Kurashov-Sakhno-Maksimov-%D0%9C%D1%8E%D0%BD%D1%85%D0%B5%D0%BD.pdf

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    If you are asking us to say "No, that's not possible" - well, that would be short-sighted when we are talking about claimed new discoveries. If people knew it was possible it wouldn't be a new discovery. – DJClayworth Aug 4 '16 at 13:53
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    They're working with radioactive materials, which decay into other elements on their own. The patent document says "the schemes of reactions and isotopic transitions do not contradict to, but confirm the existing theory of radioactive decays." And many of their claims seem to be that the bacteria "initiate and accelerate" normal nuclear decay. But I do see some very surprising claims in there: that the bacteria transfer protons, electrons, and alpha particles into other atomic nuclei, moving them up instead of down the atomic table. They call this "decay", which confuses me. – Dan Getz Aug 4 '16 at 14:31
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    So if your problem is with the phrase "biochemical transmutation", you should understand that they're talking about radioactive decay aided by biochemical processes, not "pure" biology and chemistry, with radioactivity excluded. – Dan Getz Aug 4 '16 at 14:36
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    And what I (with my limited understanding) would consider the most controversial claim here would be that bacteria can carry out nuclear fusion. Maybe their other claims are similarly, um, surprising, but I don't know enough to know. – Dan Getz Aug 4 '16 at 14:39
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    sounds like cold fusion II to me. – Dikran Marsupial Aug 4 '16 at 17:02
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This so-called "discovery" is hardly credible. Biochemical interactions between a radioisotope and an enzyme/cell is in the same order as a chemical transformation. Both involve outer electrons and never the nucleus. Also, they depend on very different fundamental forces.

If the radioactive decay of an isotope could be modified by just changing its electronic environment, we would have measured such modification tens of years ago! We have measured the decay rates of radioactive substances in numbers of studies and they are constant. It does not change with the chemical formula, it does not change with gravity or neutrinos flux, even in very recent studies.

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