Reversed Aging Almost A Reality

Dec 1st, 20103 Comments

A group of Harvard scientists might have uncovered one of the most remarkable scientific finds known to man, the ability to reverse aging. Tested on a group of mice the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute was apparently experimenting with an anti-aging experiment that was only supposed to steady the process of aging and slow it down, what they got was much different. The aging process actually began to reverse sending the lab mice aging in the opposite direction by getting younger.

“The main factor that causes aging is the accumulation of damage to DNA, much of the damage occurring at the tips of chromosomes and telomeres. And what scientists did was to test the effects of telomerase (an enzyme able to restore the telomere function).

When scientists turned on the telomerase enzyme, old mice started getting younger. The worn-out organs started regenerating, their shirked brain size started increasing, their coat hair was restored, and they even regained fertility.”

This amazing find is still far away from being replicated on a human being due to a DNA difference between mice and humans however it does show that we are one very large and important step closer to potentially isolating an answer to how and why humans go through the aging process.

Written by Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel

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3 responses to “Reversed Aging Almost A Reality”

  1. Wow!

    Very interesting. I have long held the belief that ancient man lived longer & was more intelligent than modern man. The accumulation of DNA-damage would explain much.

  2. Donielle Hould says:

    Good Morning Doc.:

    It’s been a long time. You did a remarkable job, everyone thinks I’m like 30
    Any who, as they say these days, I am interested in this anti-aging/Reverse aging research that was reported on last week from Fox News.
    How stable was the treatment? a few Hours, a few Days, A few Months.
    How many treatments were required?
    Is it a simple procedure? Can it be emulated easily by field doctors?
    Estimated costs (were it available today)?
    estimated time til it’s ready for market.

    The more information thy better.

    Tell Kelly I said Hello.


    • Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel says:

      Great to hear you are looking so good, (though we’re not surprised)! Treatment for people, not mice, is a way off unfortunately. There are some questions to answer regarding the safety of the procedure, and how long lasting it is. Plus, there are some concerns that this type of treatment wouldn’t be good for people who have any type of pre-cancerous growths. For now, we still need to turn back the clock by putting things back where they belong (fillers, botox, surgery).

      However, even small first steps are important and it’s exciting that one theory of aging is finding some scientific proof.

      Who knows, maybe this will lead to renewed research interest in the area and more rapid discoveries!

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