BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Researchers from the Medical Center of Erasmus University in the Netherlands could have found a way to reverse the aging effects. This is a giant discovery, as their technique might help in improving treatments and prolonging life. Also, they might combat the terrible effects that time has on our bodies.
Mice successfully rejuvenated
Researchers performed their study on lab mice. They administered them a treatment which successfully removed those cells which had become inactive with the passage of time. These cells are also known as senescent. Now that the damaged cells were removed, there was enough room for new and healthy ones to grow.
As new cells took the place of the old ones, certain functions could be restored in mice. Thus, researchers noticed that they could restore kidney function, hair growth, and even physical fitness. Elderly mice with ‘rejuvenated’ cells were able to outperform younger mice in running races.
How would the treatment work for humans?
Removing senescent cells proved effective in mice, but the prospect of performing it on humans has researchers excited. If this worked as a treatment on humans, doctors would be able to reverse the damage caused in the DNA by old age. Thus, they would combat all the unpleasant effects of aging, such as bone and organ damage, wrinkles, or other features related to physical appearance.
Peter de Keizer is the lead author of the study. He is optimistic about their project and hopes they can apply this technology soon enough.
“Maybe when you get to 65 you’ll go every five years for your anti-senescence shot in the clinic. You’ll go for your rejuvenation shot. That I can envision when we reach that age.”
Old cells damage the healthy ones
Previously, researchers had thought that inactive cells are just a waste of space and play no other role in the organism. Now, they have discovered that they can actually affect the healthy cells. They cause damage to the surrounding cells. Thus, they are in part responsible with many of the adverse effects that come with old age.
Now, the researchers are preparing to administer such a treatment to patients with severe brain tumors. They hope that they might be able to ease the aggressive effects of the tumor, called glioblastoma multiforme.