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Old 05-05-2014, 05:53 AM   #1
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Young blood reverses aging in mice

"In a trio of studies published Sunday, scientists reported that they reversed aging in the muscles and brains of old mice — simply by running the blood of young mice through their veins". "All the researchers warned that people hoping to reverse aging shouldn’t get any wild ideas about infusing themselves with young blood, although they acknowledged making their share of vampire jokes"...The Boston Globe.
Blood from young mice reverses aging in brain, muscles - Science - The Boston Globe

Better take the lump sum; annuities may become threatened if the mice mess up the mortality tables!
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Maybe vampires are on to something.
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Groucho Marx long ago discovered a method that was not so macabre.

"A man is as young as the woman he feels." -- Groucho Marx
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Maybe there was something to that "tired blood" of the Geritol ads after all.

Tax blood xfers from young to old and the budget deficit goes away.
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No doubt this would impact quality of life and not towards the positive.

From the article linked in the op -

"When scientists stitched together the circulatory systems of pairs of old and young mice, in a procedure called parabiosis, they found beneficial effects on the cells of the spinal cord, muscles, brain, and liver of the older animals."

I would hate to be a lab mouse.
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Tax blood xfers from young to old and the budget deficit goes away.
Hey! Don't give 'em any ideas!
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Rerunning fiirecalc with "60" ... but where would I get enough young mice blood which will work on humans ?
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For what little it's worth, the effect is probably due to specific chemicals found in different concentration in the blood of the younger mice than in older ones.

Growth Differentiation Factor 11 (GDF11)
C-C Motif chemokine 11 (CCL11 or eotaxin-1)

Vampirism won't be needed. We just want to tweak our blood chemistry a bit, while avoiding unpleasant side effects.
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Hmmmm. After growing two kids in utero, giving birth to them, feeding, clothing, and sheltering them, etc. I think this may be how I cash in on all that. Take regular infusions of their blood! Well, it is the very least they can do. ;o)

Alas, only one of them has my blood type. How unfortunate for him.
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Hmmmm. After growing two kids in utero, giving birth to them, feeding, clothing, and sheltering them, etc. I think this may be how I cash in on all that. Take regular infusions of their blood! Well, it is the very least they can do. ;o)

Alas, only one of them has my blood type. How unfortunate for him.

Very funny.

My son has my blood type but he is already getting too old, and my wife is too old to have another child at this point.
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They said transfusions should work. Pretty scary. I can visualize rich, old psychopaths kidnapping kids and keeping them as blood banks. Just a matter of time if the research shows it works in humans.
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They said transfusions should work. Pretty scary. I can visualize rich, old psychopaths kidnapping kids and keeping them as blood banks. Just a matter of time if the research shows it works in humans.
Whole blood isn't needed. Just the specific proteins, extracted from the blood. Which implies that with the right tech, it would be no different than donating plasma, or platelets.

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