Maybe the stories about vampires aren’t so far off from the truth. A new scientific study on mice suggests that blood transfusions from young mice into older mice can help reverse the effects of aging. We aren’t just talking about holding off the effects of aging, and maintaining a status quo, but the possibility of a full reversal of the ailments of old age. In the study, older mice who were transfused with the blood from young and healthy mice showed signs of restored brain activity and muscle growth. These older mice seemed to gain a source of energy and strength from the young blood that reminds some of a vampire sucking the blood from the young to stay alive.
Blood Transfusions From Young People May Reverse Aging
This study was of course not carried out on people, yet. We say yet, because there are certainly to be some unscrupulous people out there who get a wild idea that farming the blood from young children will somehow help make them immortal. The ethical repercussions of doing something like this would have far-reaching negative impacts on societal ethics. If we could choose to live forever, should we? Is it our moral obligation to live, or to die naturally? There are also the major concerns of what would happen to young people all over the planet as their blood becomes a commodity for those desperate to avoid their eventual fate otherwise. This type of scientific study beckons on the realm of science fiction and fantasy, and could lead many to wonder about what else lies ahead in the future of medicine.
The element in the blood of the younger mice that led to the revitalizing of the elder mice is called GDF11 (Growth Differential Factor 11). GDF11 is a protein that is abundant in younger and developing mice that is only seen in small numbers in naturally aged adult mice. This protein is proving to be a responsible factor in growing newer and stronger cells all over the body. They can help restore blood flow to parts of the brain and body, which help them regain strength that was lost due to a deficiency.
There may be efforts in the coming years to synthesize the GDF11 protein so that it can be used commercially in humans to help keep us young and healthy. In the meantime the teams at Stanford and Harvard will continue to study these effects on the mice, and attempt to further isolate and distinguish what elements from the young mice are boosting the abilities of the aged mice.
Blood Transfusions From Young People May Reverse Aging.