5 Feb 2016


Immotarlity For Humans : Scientists Have Been Able To Extend The Lifespan Of Mice And Want To Start Testing In Humans

What if the key to immortality, or simply a longer, healthier life, is as simple as getting rid of some bad cells? Seems too good to be true, but a new study being called "this decade's biggest breakthrough in understanding the complex world of physical aging" indicates an anti-aging pill might be possible after all.

The research published today in the journal Nature by the Mayo Clinic, had the scientists genetically modify mice and then give them a special drug, which seeks and destroys senescent cells. A senescent cell has generally been seen as a neutral cell that's stopped dividing and reproducing, reports Popular Mechanics. However, these cells also tend to be associated with diseases related to aging such as osteoporosis.

When the senescent cells were destroyed, the mice were able to live about 25% longer than mice that didn't take the pill. That's eight months longer and a one-third longer lifespan, writes Fortune. Meanwhile, in that longer life, the mice were healthier — they fended of cancer longer, had fewer eyesight problems, less fat buildup, and improved heart and kidney health.

As soon as the study was completed, a company with a freaky science-fiction-y name called Unity Biotechnology launched plans for taking the research and curing age-related diseases in mankind.

"Imagine drugs that could prevent and maybe even cure arthritis or heart disease or loss of eyesight. It's an incredible aspiration," said the company in a press release. "If we can translate this biology into medicines, our children might grow up in a different world than we did. There will be many obstacles to overcome, but our team is committed and inspired to achieve our mission."

But are we ready for human testing? Not quite. It's not as easy to genetically modify humans as it is for mice. Also, the research found a negative repercussion to eliminating senescent cells — our Wolverine superpower of healing was turned off. That's because senescent cells are known to play a role in healing and scar-tissue formation.



I've even gone so far as to verbalize it specifically, time is too precious to waste on trivial arguments and negativities. I'd rather get on to the more fun and rewarding stuff right away!

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