Stem cells express genes differently in the lab dish than in the body

The Stanford research suggests that any conclusions about stem cell function based on studies of stem cells in lab dishes may now need to be reconsidered in light of the fact that the cells’ biology changes during isolation. Full article

 

Clinical trial finds blood-plasma infusions for Alzheimer’s safe, promising

In a small safety trial based on preclinical work by a Stanford researcher, participants receiving blood plasma infusions from young donors showed some evidence of improvement. Full article

Infusions of young blood tested in patients with dementia

The first controlled, but controversial and small, clinical trial of giving young blood to people with dementia has reported that the procedure appears safe. It has also hinted that it may even produce modest improvements in the daily lives of people who have Alzheimer’s disease.  Full article

Is aging a disease that can be cured?

The oldest person that we know of lived to be 122 years old. Is that the limit? Is aging a disease that can be conquered and reversed? Scientists think it may be possible – and sooner than we think. At a gathering at The New Yorker’s TechFest in early October, Bill Maris, a venture capitalist involved in aging research, and Thomas Rando, a professor of neurology at Stanford University acknowledged that the study of aging is a tricky business – and it’s relatively new. Full article

Beautiful and Immortal

PresaDiretta questions one of the most powerful myths of contemporary society, eternal youth. Can you be young forever? In the United States, they are not only convinced, but are preparing to break the most extreme of scientific limits: death. There is, in fact, who is preparing to become immortal. American technology giants are investing a river of money on anti-aging research, the dream of eternity is the business of the future. Ultimately, for the foremost, for the optimists convinced that sooner or later the way to be reported in life even after death someone will find it, there are those who thought of hibernation.

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