Scientists Reverse the Aging Process in Mice. Are Humans Next?

By: | January 2nd, 2014

We all are involved in aging process and no one can escape from it. We can prevent wrinkles by using Botox, wrinkle creams and hair color to look younger, but our bodies never stop the aging process.

But nothing is impossible in this modern world. Harvard researchers have discovered a new natural chemical that successfully turned old mice into young mice.

Science behind the discovery: The Harvard team studied the changes that occurs in cells as one gets older. The chemical NAD is found naturally in mice as well as human bodies. NAD provides energy to cells but is slowly depleted from cells with age. To fight this, scientist injected old mice with the younger version of NAD. After a week, they took tissue samples of those mice and found the muscle of two-year-old mice was comparable to that of six-month-old mice.

Does successful age reversal in mice mean the same for humans? Scientists plan to add NAD to the drinking water of lab mice and see if it delays the onset of chronic diseases linked to aging.

If that experiment goes well, the next step would be to see if NAD has the same effects on human cells in the lab. Although it is not so simple for humans, if all goes as planned, they can not only slow down the aging process, but “dramatically” reverse it throughout the body.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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