After decades of quiet toil in laboratories, novel drugs are emerging that could rewrite the rules of old age, how we define long life and, ultimately, how we organise as a society.
The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent Danny Fortson talks to the scientists and executives pledging to redefine life as we know it about why we may be finally on the cusp of an age revolution, taking the pain out of being old, the wonder drugs already in circulation, on whether we are playing god, the rejuvenating effects of young blood, freezing your stem cells, the merging of artificial intelligence and medicine, and what the future of ageing looks like.
Major traumatic events such as landmine explosions can rip away whole chunks of tissue and make it difficult or impossible to ever regain function. In the face of such complete devastation, even muscle stem cells falter. Now Stanford neurologist Thomas Rando, MD, PhD, and former postdoctoral scholar Marco Quarta, PhD, have outlined a three-part approach that, at least in mice, helps muscle stem cells grow new muscle tissue.
What if we could end aging and prevent age-related diseases? Joseph Pace and guests explore recent advances in aging and longevity research.
Pretreatment with a stem-cell-activating protein significantly enhances healing in mice, Stanford researchers say. The approach could eventually help people going into surgery or combat heal better from injuries they sustain.