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Harvard startup wants to reverse aging in dogs


Posted on Sunday, 13 May, 2018 | Comment icon 4 comments

Can the firm reverse the aging process in dogs ? Image Credit: PD - Dsw4
A new company is planning to rejuvenate dogs with the eventual goal of attempting the same thing in humans.
Co-founded by George Church of Harvard Medical School, Rejuvenate Bio has already carried out preliminary tests on Beagles and maintains that it can make dogs 'younger'.

The technique involves adding new DNA instructions to their bodies - something that has been previously attempted on worms and flies in the laboratory with promising results.

The firm aims to offer age-reduction treatments for dogs as a stepping stone towards eventually offering similar therapies to humans.

The vision is to enable people to live to the age of 130 but with the health and body of a 22-year-old.

"We have already done a bunch of trials in mice and we are doing some in dogs, and then we'll move on to humans," said Church. "Dogs are a market in and of themselves."

"It's not just a big organism close to humans. It's something people will pay for, and the FDA process is much faster."

"We'll do dog trials, and that'll be a product, and that'll pay for scaling up in human trials."

Source: Technology Review | Comments (4)

Tags: Aging

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by pallidin on 13 May, 2018, 17:44
Huh. Now that's interesting. Looking forward to further research...
Comment icon #2 Posted by Nzo on 15 May, 2018, 1:56
The thing is that if they are successful which is a slight possibility, the research would be stopped. I don't believe any government would allow this kind of research to go forward if it showed real promise. It would in all likelihood be researched secretly. There have been a spate of cancer doctors/researchers that have all of a sudden found themselves dead over the last several years because they seemed to have figured out some sort of a cure or start to a cure. You can duckduckgo and research it yourselves. Some as recently as a week or so ago. I don't think they will make the same mistake... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by Berwen on 15 May, 2018, 14:08
This may not be a good idea. We already have too many people on this planet to feed and the cost to the health system would be too much for a government to handle. Also, would everyone be entitled to live this long or just the elite?
Comment icon #4 Posted by travelnjones on 15 May, 2018, 19:34
Just the elite seriously that would just in terms of funding, I don't see there being any question of that. But I wish my dog could have lived a lot longer I miss him terribly even though i have new dogs.


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