According to scientists, a drug that can reverse aspects of ageing has been successfully trialled in animals.
They have rejuvenated old mice to restore their stamina, coat of fur and even some organ function. The team at Erasmus University Medical Center, in the Netherlands, are planning human trials for what they hope is a treatment for old age.
A UK scientist said the findings were “impossible to dismiss”, but that unanswered questions remained. The approach works by flushing out retired or “senescent” cells in the body that have stopped dividing.
The group of scientists created a drug that have been implicated in ageing.
Tested mice that were old (the equivalent of 90 in mouse years), those genetically programmed to age very rapidly and those aged by chemotherapy. The findings, published in the journal Cell, showed liver function was easily restored and the animals doubled the distance they would run in a wheel.
“We weren’t planning to look at their hair, but it was too obvious to miss”, said one of the doctors. So what do you think?
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