People grow up, mature, and then start to age. This is a normal process but it is not a pleasing one. This is why scientists have been trying for many years to find a “cure”, an anti-ageing treatment. This time they might have been successful.
A group of scientists was able to find a gene therapy that might reverse the aging process. They made this study on mice and they discovered big changes after testing the gene therapy. They discovered that their “treatment” might actually have rejuvenating effects.
The researchers observed that after only six weeks of treatment. The mice had better health and they healed faster. They also lived longer that the ones who did not receive this gene therapy. This is not the first time this treatment is administrated.
The gene therapy used for rejuvenating mice was based on another technique used to rejuvenate cells. The researchers treated these mice with induced pluripotent stem (iPS). This technique has been tested before but it did not show this much potential until now.
These cells can multiply and the transform into normal cells. This is why they reverse the aging process. This treatment has only been tested on mice and that is why the researchers are not able to say for sure that it also works for humans.
They mentioned that despite the fact that it worked great for animals, the results for people might not be as good or they can even harm people. This is why they need to make more tests in order to see exactly how iPS work and how they can work on people.
The leader of the research is Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte and he mentioned that this might be a great discovery for people because this might delay the aging process. He did mention that this won’t lead to immortality.
This is the first time that someone has shown that reprogramming in an animal can provide a beneficial effect in terms of health and extend their lifespan,” Belmonte said
This research could lead to bigger studies that can discover if this treatment is good for people too. In the near future, people might benefit from this gene therapy.
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