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'Vampire therapy' could reverse ageing, scientists find
The Telegraph ^ | 05/05/2014 | Sarah Knapton,

Posted on 05/05/2014 8:15:43 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

It may seem the stuff of gothic horror novels, but transfusions of young blood could reverse the ageing process and even cure Alzheimer’s Disease, scientists believe.

Throughout history, cultures across the globe have extolled the properties of youthful blood, with children sacrificed and the blood of young warriors drunk by the victors.

It was even rumoured that the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il injected himself with blood from healthy young virgins to slow the ageing process.

Now scientists have found that young blood actually ‘recharges’ the brain, forms new blood vessels and improves memory and learning.

In parallel research, scientists at Harvard University also discovered that a ‘youth protein’ which circulates in the blood is responsible for keeping the brain and muscles young and strong.

The protein, known as ‘GDF11’, is present in the bloodstream in large quantities when we are young but peters out as we age.

Although both the discoveries were made in mice, researchers are hoping to begin human trials in the next two to three years, in studies which could bring rapid improvements for human longevity and health. “This should give us all hope for a healthier future,” said Prof Doug Melton, of Harvard's Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Science
KEYWORDS: aging; alzheimers; bloodtransfusions; therapy; vampiretherapy

1 posted on 05/05/2014 8:15:43 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

This will end badly.


2 posted on 05/05/2014 8:19:29 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem)
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To: SeekAndFind

Not sure there’s enough blood in the known universe to rejuvenate Pellousy or FineSwine. . . .


3 posted on 05/05/2014 8:21:00 AM PDT by Salgak (http://catalogoftehburningstoopid.blogspot.com 100% all-natural snark !)
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To: SeekAndFind

Great. Another 150 years of George Soros.


4 posted on 05/05/2014 8:21:06 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Life imitates art: The Immortal TV show.

Christopher George has youth-giving blood that an evil millionaire wants.

Barry Sullivan would've been great as the evil millionaire.

5 posted on 05/05/2014 8:23:34 AM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: SeekAndFind

This is news? Haitian baby blood has been on my menu for years.

6 posted on 05/05/2014 8:31:30 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: SeekAndFind

If only they could harvest fetuses for this purpose...


7 posted on 05/05/2014 8:32:52 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: SeekAndFind

So manufacture the protein in the laboratory!


8 posted on 05/05/2014 8:36:59 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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To: Jewbacca

Everything ends badly, but it’s still very interesting.


9 posted on 05/05/2014 8:47:32 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: MUDDOG

Bart also rejuvinated Monty Burns with a pint of blood in the Simpsons.


10 posted on 05/05/2014 8:47:43 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: I want the USA back

If think we are getting closer to being able to manufacture blood without the need for donors.


11 posted on 05/05/2014 8:50:04 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: I want the USA back

So manufacture the protein in the laboratory!


Probably not that simple. Lab produced vitamins don’t work as well as vitamins in food. And they have to work in combinations with other vitamins. The protein they are talking about might have to work with other things in the blood to be effective.


12 posted on 05/05/2014 8:52:54 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: SeekAndFind

For all of the things I want to learn and do, I would require another 10-12 lifetimes.

I’m good with this...


13 posted on 05/05/2014 8:53:44 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (Tri nornar eg bir. Binde til rota...)
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To: Vince Ferrer
Famous Simpsons episode! Blood Feud.
14 posted on 05/05/2014 8:54:03 AM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: SeekAndFind

reminds me of a story i read decades ago where they injected this bum with some stuff that made his a genius, the smartest guy on the planet. all seemed to be going well, until he started to fade back into his former self.


15 posted on 05/05/2014 9:01:47 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: SeekAndFind

I understand the reasons for not allowing the sale of organs, but a few bucks a pint for blood from disease free young people in 3rd world countries to satisfy the vanities of rich folks doesn’t sound so awful.


16 posted on 05/05/2014 9:14:10 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I'm a Contra" -- President Ronald Reagan)
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To: All

Elizabeth Bathory looking up from hell laughing.


17 posted on 05/05/2014 9:46:32 AM PDT by crazycatlady
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To: SeekAndFind

Yes but the HIV and Hep C that will, invariably, make it into the blood supply—not so good for longevity.


18 posted on 05/05/2014 9:50:54 AM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I only read the article quickly, but my impression was that they’re generating the “young” blood from autologous adult stem cells. Or at least that’s the plan.


19 posted on 05/05/2014 10:16:20 AM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: SeekAndFind

i am not surprised.

the ability to make energy in the cell and use it for repair is greater. repair of themselves and thereby repair of larger structures, and creating new structures.

the dna teleomere lengths are longer in younger cells. meaning individual cell life is longer.


20 posted on 05/05/2014 10:26:05 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: SeekAndFind

theyactually wouldn’t need blood, there’s’one growth factor - 11 - that is what they could synthesize in the lab and give to people.


21 posted on 05/05/2014 10:27:30 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: camle

Flowers for Algernon


22 posted on 05/05/2014 11:43:16 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem)
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To: Jewbacca

delenn isn’t gonna like this...come to think of it, neither will kosh


23 posted on 05/06/2014 11:44:17 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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