Dec 17, 2016 08:50 AM EST
New Gene Therapy Can Reverse Aging Process
The results of the latest research on gene therapy done by a team of scientists at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California looked like it's part of a science fiction movie. Better yet it's reminiscent of a Mel Gibson movie, Forever Young, where the main character has remained young over the decades.
What the team has discovered was a new form of gene therapy which showed signs that it can reverse the aging process. They conducted the experiment on aging lab rats which showed signs of rejuvenation after undergoing the said treatment for six weeks.
The most notable effects they noticed were improved cardiovascular health, straighter spines, and fast regeneration when hurt.
The type of treatment that were given to the mice was based on a previous technique where the adult cells were rejuvenated into stronger stem cells. The treatment, called the induced pluripotent stems, which grow and multiply in order to provide the bodt with a spare part.
The findings led the researchers to the conclusion that aging goes beyond the usual wear and tear of the physical body but rather, it is more genetic. Furthermore, the researchers hope that the findings they have will lead to a new approach on healthcare, especially in treating diseases associated with aging.
Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, the scientist who led the team, said that with "careful modulation," the aging process can be reversed. However, he was quick to say that it does not stop the aging process or it meas immortality, but that it could lead to longer life expectancy.
Belmonte also added that heir focus is not only about extending life expectancy but it is also about extending health expectancy. Other scientist have praised the breakthrough and were impressed. They also agreed that such treatment is effective and powerful.
The research is published in the journal Cell.
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