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Young blood may slow the process of aging, cure Alzheimer’s disease: scientists

Special to SEGAZINE

Transfusions of young blood could reverse the aging process and even cure Alzheimer’s disease, American scientists believe.

In a breakthrough that could herald a new dawn in anti-aging treatments, researchers found that young blood “recharges” the brain, forms new blood vessels and improves memory and learning.

Meanwhile, in parallel research, scientists at Harvard University discovered that a “youth protein” which circulates in the blood, is responsible for keeping the brain and muscles young and strong.

The protein, known as “GDF11″, is present in the bloodstream in large quantities when we are young but peters out as we age.

Although both the discoveries were made in mice, researchers are hoping to begin human trials in the next two to three years, in studies that could bring rapid improvements for human longevity and health.

“This should give us all hope for a healthier future,” said Prof. Doug Melton, from Harvard’s department of stem cell and regenerative biology.

National Post.

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