First Steps To Reverse Aging (for real)

Scientists from research centers at Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley have stumbled upon something huge. They have discovered that injecting sirtuin into old mice, made them seem young. 

Sirtuin, is a protein generated by genes, that affects the cellular process in aging. When they injected the gene, it not only reversed aging, it repaired the system that produces blood cells. With time, blood cell production is eventually lost, as well as the ability to replace the blood cells that disappeared (aging). Sirtuin repaired the damaged blood cells and allowed for new ones to develop in the old mice (reverse aging).

This new research was discovered by doctors Danica Chen, Katherine Brown (Berkeley) and David Scadden. Chen, a Berkeley assistant professor of nutritional science and toxicology and coauthor of a published study about cell production said, "This opens the door to potential treatments for age-related degenerative diseases." Scadden is a Director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and co-director of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. (ABC News)

They haven't conducted this testing on humans yet, so hold off on turning into that young-blood-seeking vampire. The fact that it worked on mice doesn't mean it will work on us, it's a good first step though. Not only does this mean that someday we may be able to look young forever (would we really want this?), it's also an advance toward cures for diseases such as cancer and dementia. 

Read more here: ABC News.





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