Health Buzz: Major Breakthrough in Anti-Aging?
We live in an age where technological and scientific advancements are opening the door to some pretty incredible possibilities. New research on reversing the process of aging in humans has some people wondering if we're coming too close to "playing God."
Professor David Sinclair of Harvard and the University of South Wales, who has been named by Time Magazine as one of the most influential people in the world, feels he has made a breakthrough in clinical trials that have largely focused on mice but have also begun to be applied to humans.
"We've discovered genes that control how the body fights against ageing and these genes, if you turn them on just the right way, they can have very powerful effects, even reversing ageing - at least in mice so far," he said.
"We fed them a molecule that's called NMN and this reversed ageing completely within just a week of treatment in the muscle, and now we're looking to reverse all aspects of ageing if possible."
If that sounds like a staggering proposition, it is. Should this promising research continue to progress as hoped, it could result in treatments that allow humans to live meaningfully longer and healthier lives.
Sinclair compares the significance of this development to the advent of antibiotics, which came along in the early 1900s and dramatically transformed the way we treat infections, saving many lives that would have been lost previously. In his words: "Some people say it's like playing God, but if you ask somebody 100 years ago, what about antibiotics? They probably would have said the same thing."
To be clear, this research is still in a very early stage and in some respects Professor Sinclair's remarks are optimistic and sensational. However, this appears to be one of the most promising leads in the scientific search to slow or reverse aging, overcome degenerative conditions, and extend the human lifespan.