Human Trials for Anti-Aging Chemicals to Take Place 'in the Next Ten Years'

© Photo : PixabayHuman testing related to anti-aging chemicals may already be conducted in the next ten years, Dr. Alejandro Ocampo from the Gene Expression Laboratory of the California-based Salk Institute for Biological Studies, told Sputnik
Human testing related to anti-aging chemicals may already be conducted in the next ten years, Dr. Alejandro Ocampo from the Gene Expression Laboratory of the California-based Salk Institute for Biological Studies, told Sputnik - Sputnik International
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Human testing related to anti-aging chemicals may already be conducted within the next ten years, Dr. Alejandro Ocampo from the Gene Expression Laboratory of the California-based Salk Institute for Biological Studies, told Sputnik.

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In an interview with Sputnik, Dr. Alejandro Ocampo, of Gene Expression Laboratory of Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California, did not rule out that human trials for anti-aging chemicals will be possible within the next ten years.

The interview came after scientists from the Salk Institute claimed that the aging process may in fact be reversible.

The provocative claim was preceded by the findings of a new study, which discovered "embryonic state genes,” stem cells created with embryonic properties from reprogrammed adult cells which can reverse the tell-tale signs of old age.

In the lab, this novel type of gene therapy was tested on mice and human skin cells. The human skin cells in petri dishes changed to look and behave young again, while the mice enjoyed a similar rejuvenating experience.

After six weeks of treatment, the animals looked younger, had straighter spines, better cardiovascular health, healed quicker when injured, and lived 30 percent longer.

Speaking to Sputnik, Alejandro Ocampo, one of the authors of the study, said that the goal of the research is to try to help people "to avoid suffering" from realizing the fact that they are becoming older.

He remained upbeat about experiments with isolated skin cells in a laboratory being shifted to practical use on humans.

"Human trials for anti-aging chemicals will be possible in the next  ten years," Ocampo pointed out, saying that the work should be conducted on a step-by-step basis.

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The study also adds to a growing body of evidence that suggests that the process of aging itself is not merely down to wear and tear over time. Instead, the Salk Institute scientists suggest that the body has an internal "clock," which contributes to an organism's decline.

Earlier, lead scientist Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte said that the purpose was to significantly increased the "health span” of life, the number of years that someone remains healthy. Currently, aging is associated with several debilitating diseases, including heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer's.

Belmonte was echoed by Ocampo who suggested that the Salk Institute's current research may add significantly to fighting cancer. 

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