Young at Heart: Regenerative Medicine
Though I usually discuss fiction and Singularity related content, this is an interesting article that brings to light some of the amazing advances in biotech that are on the horizon. Making hearts young again is a major step toward life extension, and improved quality of life for us all.
A quote from the article;
“After discovering the protein, Wagers and her colleagues decided to study the impact it had on cardiovascular aging. They injected GDF-11 into the blood streams of older mice in order to increase their GDF-11 levels to match the levels found in younger mice.
After 30 days, the researchers examined the hearts of the older mice, which had previously shown thickened walls similar to those in older humans. The researchers found that the thickening had reversed, and the hearts of the older mice now looked almost identical to those of the younger mice.
“The older hearts really did look almost the same at a gross anatomy level. I’m certain there are still some differences, but it was quite dramatic how much rejuvenation (there was),” Wagers said.