Cure-all in the making?

A research team at Chungbuk National University carried out experiments with dozens of mice over the past few years to learn what effect stem cells had on lifespan.
A score of them lived their average span of around two years, while another score lived around half a year longer after adult stem cells were periodically injected into them from when they were eight months old.

RNL Bio Chairman Ra Jeong-chan, who commissioned the experiments, said the research testifies to the correlation between stem cells and longevity, which he expects will be eventually applied to human beings. “Mice from the experimental group survived around 30 percent longer than the control group, obviously thanks to the stem cells infused every other week,” Ra said in a recent interview with Business Focus. “The former were also found to be less vulnerable to cancer, one of the major killers of mice, compared to the latter. Some were even still alive after two and a half years.” He added that the research will be featured by a foreign peer-reviewed journal later this year.

The study is in line with previous assumptions of Ra ― adult stem cells not only deal with degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s or diabetes but also help human being fight aging. In other words, he regards stem cells as the fountain of youth, which humanity has avidly sought to chalk up a victory in its holy war against sickness and aging.

For full article see Korea Times.

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