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Young Blood May Be Able To Reverse Aging

Countess Bathory

Turns out Countess Bathory may have had it right: scientists at Stanford University School of Medicine believe they have discovered that the blood of the young can be used to combat or even reverse aging. Reviving the works from the 50s of Dr. Clive McCay, the Stanford researchers found that administering the blood of young mice to elderly mice improved their vitality, resiliency, and even brain function. It's thanks to a protein called GDF11, which activates dormant stem cells and was plentiful in young mice but scarce in the elderly.

Idealistically, studies with the protein could result in a sort of "cure-all" medicine that would help repair system-wide faults in the body instead of having to use multiple specially-targeted drugs. However, Dr. Amy Wagers, one of the scientists on the study, pointed out that reawakening the stem cells could conceivably result in unregulated growth, thus increasing the incidence of cancer.

You can read the full study - which requires a subscription or a purchase of a single article - as well as see a short unembeddable video over at ScienceDirect.

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  1. So wrong, but this made me laugh till I wept: years ago in some comedy film, an HIV+ gay comedian did a routine about a (real) baby who was born with AIDS, but had reverse-seroconverted and now had no trace of the virus in its body. "I am going to travel the world, and I am going to find that baby..........and I'm going to f___ing eat it."

    Posted by: Dback | May 6, 2014 10:27:04 AM


  2. I guess this means twinks will be all the rage now. Immortals, get your bite on!

    Posted by: jamal49 | May 6, 2014 10:37:43 AM


  3. Except this was a mouse study and it's becoming clear that mouse studies don't apply to humans. Use of mice in science should be thrown out or severely reformed.

    Posted by: anon | May 6, 2014 11:10:49 AM


  4. Madonna's all, "Duh."

    Posted by: Mikey | May 6, 2014 11:16:47 AM


  5. So now you know why vampires live forever.

    And remember, semen is a blood-based product. Ever wonder how Mae West managed to look so young for so long?

    Posted by: Charlie | May 6, 2014 1:50:21 PM


  6. "Young blood" It sounds like another vampier movie.

    Posted by: ny2.0 | May 7, 2014 12:28:31 AM


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