Harvard researchers say they’ve discovered a chemical cocktail they believe can reverse aging, a discovery that could lead to a “fountain of youth” pill.
Harvard researcher David Sinclair shared his findings, which were published in the July issue of the journal Medical agingin a series of Twitter posts this week.
“We have already shown that it is possible to reverse the course of lifespan by using gene therapy to activate embryonic genes,” he first recalled in his series of 17 tweets.
He added, “Today, we are showing that it is possible to do this with chemical cocktails, which is a step towards affordable whole-body rejuvenation.”
The genetics professor and author of “Lifespan” went on to explain that he and his team at Harvard Medical School worked for more than three years to find molecules that could combine to reverse cell aging and regenerate human cells.
Sinclair said that through experiments in mice and monkeys, they were able to identify six chemical cocktails that can “reverse” the visible signs of aging “in less than a week.”
He said, “Studies of the optic nerve, brain tissue, kidneys, and muscles showed promising results, with improved vision and a longer lifespan in mice, and more recently, in April this year, improved vision in monkeys.”
He noted that the researchers were preparing to conduct clinical trials of the treatment in humans and acknowledged that other researchers were also in the race to “show that chemicals can regenerate cells as gene therapy does.”
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