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Harvard scientists reverse the ageing process in mice now for humans
The Guardian ^ | Nov 28, 2010 | Ian Sample

Posted on 11/29/2010 9:18:29 PM PST by djf

Harvard scientists were surprised that they saw a dramatic reversal, not just a slowing down, of the ageing in mice. Now they believe they might be able to regenerate human organs Scientists claim to be a step closer to reversing the ageing process after rejuvenating worn out organs in elderly mice. The experimental treatment developed by researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, turned weak and feeble old mice into healthy animals by regenerating their aged bodies. The surprise recovery of the animals has raised hopes among scientists that it may be possible to achieve a similar feat in humans – or at least to slow down the ageing process.

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


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aging; humans; mice; mouse
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I know I have shared with a few FReepers my essay "The Geezer Within" that focuses on the changes and causes of aging. A prominent part of that essay was the breakdown of the telomeres. There are a number of well known studies that have shown aging can indeed be slowed down. But this is different. Very different!
1 posted on 11/29/2010 9:18:31 PM PST by djf
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To: neverdem

Ping...


2 posted on 11/29/2010 9:19:09 PM PST by djf (Touch my junk and I'll break yur mug!!!)
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To: djf

Good lord... Don’t let CONGRESS get a hold of it!

We’d be stuck with some old dems much longer than we care for.


3 posted on 11/29/2010 9:22:48 PM PST by cableguymn
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To: djf

Good lord... Don’t let CONGRESS get a hold of it!

We’d be stuck with some old dems much longer than we care for.


4 posted on 11/29/2010 9:23:03 PM PST by cableguymn
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To: cableguymn

Helen Thomas is up in Cambridge camped out a hotel waiting her turn for treatment.


5 posted on 11/29/2010 9:41:23 PM PST by Oldexpat
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To: cableguymn

Helen Thomas is up in Cambridge camped out a hotel waiting her turn for treatment.


6 posted on 11/29/2010 9:41:35 PM PST by Oldexpat
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7 posted on 11/29/2010 9:45:01 PM PST by FromLori (FromLori)
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To: djf

bookmark


8 posted on 11/29/2010 9:46:08 PM PST by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: djf

bookmark


9 posted on 11/29/2010 9:46:14 PM PST by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: Oldexpat

They said mice, they didn’t say rats.


10 posted on 11/29/2010 9:48:10 PM PST by Titus-Maximus (Light from Light)
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To: djf

bump: I don’t want to look like willie nelson or dr laura


11 posted on 11/29/2010 9:51:40 PM PST by Taffini ( Mr. Pippen and Mr. Waffles do not approve and neither do I)
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To: cableguymn

I for one am fascinated by this.


12 posted on 11/29/2010 9:51:58 PM PST by ZAROVE
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“Good lord... Don’t let CONGRESS get a hold of it!

We’d be stuck with some old dems much longer than we care for.”

...Too Funny!

13 posted on 11/29/2010 9:56:27 PM PST by b cool
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I’m not totally convinced that the protocols they used are indicating what they think they are indicating.
It may be that all this does is let a normally accelerated-aging mouse live out what would be his normal lifespan, rather than a premature death.

I need to see the abstracts and find out more about the therapies.

All my cynicism aside...
it could be the fountain of youth.

Anybody else think this story might just go away and we never hear of it again?


14 posted on 11/29/2010 10:02:28 PM PST by djf (Touch my junk and I'll break yur mug!!!)
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To: djf

btt


15 posted on 11/29/2010 10:05:54 PM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: cableguymn

Good Lord, don’t let Brett Favre get ahold of it! We’d be stuck with his fake retirements and season-ending interceptions much longer than we care for.


16 posted on 11/29/2010 10:06:08 PM PST by Strk321
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To: djf

The abstract is linked in the story.

And to your question about this story going away and never hearing it again, I don’t think so. There are many new studies about the aging process which are along this same line. Some are showing free radicals hitting the DNA up to 10,000 times per hour. If that’s true then the new cell formed will be a degraded or an aged cell. So, stopping that damage will lead to a new cell with less aging properties.

Unanswered is whether elimination of intrinsic instigators driving age-associated degeneration can reverse, as opposed to simply arrest, various afflictions of the aged.


17 posted on 11/29/2010 10:16:23 PM PST by Balata
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reverse the ageing process

Is this really a good thing? What happens when one gets to 0?

"Paging Mr. Button. Mr. Benjamin Button. Please pick up the white courtesy phone..."

18 posted on 11/29/2010 10:17:16 PM PST by Onelifetogive (I tweet, too...)
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To: djf

A person should read the entire article before getting their hopes up.


19 posted on 11/29/2010 10:24:06 PM PST by Moonman62 (Half of all Americans are above average.)
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To: djf

Video - Regrowing Body Parts

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4_Um5VB2H0


20 posted on 11/29/2010 10:33:00 PM PST by preacher (A government which robs from Peter to pay Paul will always have the support of Paul.)
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