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Have scientists found a cure for ageing ?

By T.K. Randall
December 22, 2013 · Comment icon 42 comments



Is it really possible to turn back time ? Image Credit: sxc.hu
Researchers from Australia and the US believe they've identified a way to rewind the ageing process.
The breakthrough is based on the communication between the mitochondrion and the nucleus inside individual cells. In youth this communication occurs quickly and frequently, but as the cells age the process starts to slow down.

In an effort to reverse the process, researchers injected mice with a compound called NMN which repairs the network of communication within the cells. The results were extremely promising, with a mouse equivalent to a 60-year-old human exhibiting the equivalent biological age of a 20-year-old. The younger the subject when the treatment was administered, the more effective it seemed to be. Older mice benefited too, but not as much.
"It may be in the future that your age in years isn't going to matter as much as your biological age," said molecular biologist David Sinclair. "What we've shown here is that you can turn back your biological age, or at least we think we have found a way to do that."

Human trials are set to begin next year.

Source: Stuff.co.nz | Comments (42)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #33 Posted by Lilly 9 years ago
This is primarily about muscular age, and so, I think that everyone would still die at around 120 when their brain finally started giving out, but they might leave a fine body behind. Yes, this is basically what I understood. Personally, I'm all for it. I'm at the point in life where I'm really having to fight off degeneration...and let me tell you it's exhausting. I spend a great deal of time doing stuff just to remain 'ok'. Anything that could help would be wonderful. Oh, and those folks who say that they'd be fine with 'checking out' at 60 are usually far removed from 60.
Comment icon #34 Posted by DieChecker 9 years ago
Yes, this is basically what I understood. Personally, I'm all for it. I'm at the point in life where I'm really having to fight off degeneration...and let me tell you it's exhausting. I spend a great deal of time doing stuff just to remain 'ok'. Anything that could help would be wonderful. Oh, and those folks who say that they'd be fine with 'checking out' at 60 are usually far removed from 60. Yeah, my 20 something Brother-In-Law keeps using the phrase, "I'm going to die at 35 and leave a good looking body behind." If you ask a teenager how old their grandparents are they will usually say, "I... [More]
Comment icon #35 Posted by Ryu 9 years ago
You know, aging isn't a disease to be "cured". It is part of all life. Maybe science should focus on treating real disorders like MS or something and creating treatments that doesn't involve basket-loads of daily drugs.
Comment icon #36 Posted by JGirl 9 years ago
oh goodie immortal mice
Comment icon #37 Posted by thyra 9 years ago
oh goodie immortal mice Yes very suspicious. Perhaps somebody did that before. below is the brain cell of a mouse compared to simulation of universe.
Comment icon #38 Posted by Hawkin 9 years ago
I wonder if it would reverse the affects of arthritis due to ageing? If not, then forget it.
Comment icon #39 Posted by Lilly 9 years ago
You know, aging isn't a disease to be "cured". It is part of all life... The stuff that goes along with aging certainly isn't a pleasant 'part of life'. This research doesn't offer immortality, just a way (perhaps) to lessen some of the degeneration that comes with aging. And, from where I stand that's a pretty big deal.
Comment icon #40 Posted by Duchess Gummybuns 9 years ago
I WILL BE IMMORTAL I WILL BE THE HIGHLANDER Or so.
Comment icon #41 Posted by WoIverine 9 years ago
Haha, they're going to need some immortal cats to go along with those mice.
Comment icon #42 Posted by nec207 9 years ago
scientist still don't fully understand what causes aging.Many scientist believe radiation ,sun exposure and smoking causes wrinkled skin. Well gray hair they believe is caused by genetics. Organ failing the theory is believed to be caused by free radicals over time. So unless you go 500 feet below the earth away from sun and radiation and you never smoke you will have wrinkled skin!! And unless you really starve ( go days with out eating) you self and stay away from meat you will have free radicals.


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