Scientists reverse aging process with ‘young blood’

Living forever may not require biting young women on the neck, unfortunately. (Photo by Jon Waterhouse for unrelated story)

Living forever may not require biting attractive women on the neck, unfortunately. (Photo by Jon Waterhouse for unrelated story)

How did Dracula live so long? He drank the blood of people that were centuries younger.

Scientists say the prince of darkness was onto something.

The New York Times headline “Young blood may hold key to reversing aging” tells the story of an experiment that Dr. Frankenstein would have approved.

Scientists took old mice and young mice and surgically stitched pairs of them together. The blood vessels of the young mouse joined with the blood vessels of the old mouse and the two animals began sharing blood.

The old mice became “much livelier” while the young mice showed signs of premature aging. The old mice healed much more quickly and regenerated liver cells. The older mice also formed “a burst of new neurons in the hippocampus, a region of the brain that is crucial for forming memories,” writes the New York Times.

Testing proved the old mice performed far better on memory tests.

Researchers theorized something in the blood of young mice was activating dormant stem cells in the blood of old mice. Scientists isolated a protein called GDF11 and injected that into old mice and it reversed skeletal muscle and cardiac aging, according to one study.

“We can turn back the clock instead of slowing the clock down,” said one researcher. “That’s a nice thought if it pans out.”

Plastic surgeons were reported to be doing cartwheels.

But it’s not all good news. The side effect of perpetual youth may be cancer.

“It is quite possible that [waking up stems cells in the blood of old people] will dramatically increase the incidence of cancer,” said one researcher.

Hey, no one, except maybe Bram Stoker and a thousand other sci-fi writers, said living forever was going to be easy.

Hopefully they will have figured out how to cure cancer by the time they figure out how to clone a small version of me and attach him to my hip like a ventriloquist dummy.

In other news that is too good to be true: Beer said to reduce cancer risk of grilled meats.

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11 comments Add your comment

linda

May 5th, 2014
10:11 am

Gee whiz, what fun for the mice. Ick!

Bumper

May 5th, 2014
11:16 am

This might explain why my doctor draws blood every time I go in for a checkup. There could be dozens of Bumper clones out there, a frightening thought.

Drago

May 5th, 2014
12:18 pm

Would this also work with politicos? Is there a danger Jimmy Carter could be kept alive by malefactors to embarrass future generations of Georgians?

And are he and Jason Carter actually different people?

Julia

May 5th, 2014
1:37 pm

Pretty sure this has actually already been found through stem cell research in the UK that reversed the gray hair in mice as well as other things. It has to do with hormones, not the blood.

Hillary's Food Taster

May 5th, 2014
3:05 pm

In most Dracula movies just blood isn’t enough. Just young blood isn’t enough. Just the blood of a virgin isn’t enough. It has to be a gorgeous Hammer grade young virgin. There is no shortage of virgins. There is no shortage of beautiful people. But the combination is harder to find than a politician who runs negative commercials about him/her self. I’ll stick to tea and coffee.

Starik

May 5th, 2014
5:37 pm

Teenagers do have a purpose!

destin dawg

May 5th, 2014
6:56 pm

did you know giving blood 4 times a year lowers a man’s chance of stroke/heart attack by 40 %…. it’s true… why ??? because it forces your body to make NEW blood !!!!! it’s like an oil change for your blood… women’s benefit is only 20 %.. why ??? because they have periods… they live 10years longer than men !!!! It’s a fact…. so give Blood folks !!!!!!!!

HootyGoot

May 5th, 2014
7:32 pm

I can’t give anybody any kind of credit for anything that they think they acheived while torturing small animals.

Jack Mehoff

May 5th, 2014
8:06 pm

You know what else keeps you young? Tugging the old tubs steak three times a day.

Al

May 6th, 2014
8:52 am

Hooty- put your money where your lying mouth is, refuse any medical treatments that resulted from testing on animals. Until then, you are simply a self rightreous hypocrite.

Brace4impactz

May 6th, 2014
9:32 am

Destin Dawg is correct about the health benefits of giving blood, not to mention all the people you’ll be helping. Plus the good folks who work for the American Red Cross are very nice and appreciative. Try it, you’ll be a hero and leave feeling really good about yourself!!