Can humans live up to 150 years? Medical researchers have been on the lookout for techniques to extend human longevity for a long time.
At news report says a new process has been found by Harvard Professor David Sinclair and researchers from the University of New South Wales, involving cell reprogramming.
Dr. Sinclair, is a Professor at the School of Medicine at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney. He is also a Professor in the Genetic Department at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Co-Director of the Paul F. Glenn Laboratories for the Biological Mechanisms of Aging.
According to Dr Sinclair, who is the co-founder and co-chief editor of the scientific journal Aging, human organs could be regenerated using the technique. It could even paralysis sufferers to move again, he says. Human trials are due within two years.
The research team told The Herald Sun that they also found they could increase the lifespan of mice by 10 per cent by giving them a vitamin B derivative pill.
The pill also led to a reduction in age-related hair loss.
The pill would be available to the public within five years and cost the same each day as a cup of coffee, hoped Prof. Sinclair.
The Harvard professor at the same time had a word of caution for people want to not to try to reverse the aging process, as it has not yet been “formally tested for safety.” The research and the science behind it has to be published and peer reviewed.
'We do not recommend people go out and take NAD precursors as they have not yet formally tested for safety,” he said.
The new technique that the research team found out involves the molecule nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD), which plays a role in generating energy in the human body.
The chemical NAD is in use at present as a supplement for treating Parkinson’s disease and fighting jet lag.
Professor Sinclair, who claims to have tried it out using his own molecule, and found that his biological age has dropped by 24 years after taking the pill.
He said his father, 79, has been white water rafting and backpacking after starting using the molecule a year-and-a-half ago.
The professor also said his sister-in-law was now fertile again after taking the treatment, despite having started to transition into menopause in her 40s.
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