The Fountain Of Youth? Teenage Blood

Posted: Nov 16 2016, 5:51pm CST | by , in Latest Science News


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The Fountain of Youth? Teenage Blood
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It might sound a little creepy, but scientists have found evidence that injecting blood from teenagers into older bodies seems to offer up rejuvenation powers, even if the older bodies aren't human.

A new study took blood samples from healthy 18-year-olds and injected them into 12-month-old mice, which is actually middle age for mice, or about 50 years old in human terms.

It took three weeks, but the mice received injections twice a week during that time. They got human blood plasma which is known for its rejuvenation.

After those tree weeks, the older mice started to act young again both physically and mentally.

"We see a rejuvenation effect," one of the Alkahest researchers, Sakura Minami, told Jessica Hamzelou at New Scientist. "Young human plasma improves cognition. Their memory was preserved."

According to neuroscientists and Alkahest founder Karoly Nikolich, the properties are changed at a protein level. Plasma contains thousands of proteins, but the younger ones are the only ones that can rejuvenate tissues.

"We have, actually, now for the first time discovered that there are hundreds of proteins that change with aging," Nikolich told Juliette Goodrich and Molly McCrea at CBS. "What we see in aging plasma is that there is an increase of proteins that are inflammatory, that cause cell death."

The researchers aren't sharing which proteins are at work yet, but Minami says that they impact the tissues and the brain. What they are saying is that the new plasma increases the neurogenesis process.

"It's pretty dramatic," Minami told CBS. "[When we] do treatment we see a doubling of that."

Many people are interested in anti-aging properties and the "Fountain of Youth" has been a goal for so many people. For now, the goal is to find a way to make a synthetic pill that will do the same thing.

"The final results will come at the end of the year," Nikolich told CBS.

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