La Vejez es una enfermedad que hay que curar! Is this the big news we’ve all been waiting for? Scientists discover how to ‘reverse ageing’
Is this the big news we’ve all been waiting for? Scientists discover how to ‘reverse ageing’
Harvard professor of genetics David Sinclair says his team have identified a gene to make mice grow younger
Finding a cure for old age has been the ultimate quest for thousands of years – but a top scientist thinks his team have cracked it.
A groundbreaking experiment shows scientists were able to ‘reverse ageing’ in mice – giving hope that this could one day be done for humans.
Harvard professor of genetics David Sinclair told how in theory we can control how our body fights against ageing in cells, giving hope to the possibility of hugely advanced medical treatments.
He said: “We’ve discovered genes that control how the body fights against ageing and these genes, if you turn them on just the right way, they can have very powerful effects, even reversing ageing – at least in mice so far.
“We fed them a molecule that’s called NMN and this reversed ageing completely within just a week of treatment in the muscle, and now we’re looking to reverse all aspects of ageing if possible.”
Professor Sinclair was named as one of the most influential people in the world by Time Magazine for his work on genetics.
He believes the discovery could one day be hailed as important as antibiotics.
The 45-year-old Australian added: “We’ve gone from mice into early human studies actually. There have been some clinical trials around the world, and we’re hoping in the next few years to know if this will actually work in people as well.
“They show that the molecules that extend lifespan in mice are safe in people; they seem to be anti-inflammatory, so they might be useful against disease’s inflammation, like skin redness or even inflammatory bowel disease.
“Eventually we want these molecules to be taken by many people to prevent diseases of ageing and make them live longer, healthier lives.”
The professor is one of many who believe regularly drinking a glass of red wine can extend your life – because of its association with ‘life-extending’ chemical resveratrol.
He added: “Some people say it’s like playing God, but if you ask somebody 100 years ago, what about antibiotics? They probably would have said the same thing.
“Some people worry about big advances in technology and medicine, but once it’s adapted and it’s natural for people to live until they’re 90 in a healthy way… we’ll look back at today like we do at the times before antibiotics when people died from an infected splinter.”