There has been a bit of a battle against aging in recent years, almost seeming like a study being conducted with the hopes of keeping humans not only alive longer, but healthier for a much longer time. (nia/nih) The studies are seemingly successful as it’s estimated that we could soon have more people in the ninety year or older range than in anytime in recorded history. (newsmax) That being said, it’s also been proven that those who reach the age of ninety these days happen to be much sharper, much more mentally in control of their faculties than those of past generations. (time) The one thing that seems to be keeping people more mentally capable as they age is the influx of things that can be used to occupy your mind these days. (nytimes) The human brain is capable of learning for as long as the body is alive, it’s the breakdown of the body that essentially leads to death of the so called “natural causes,” the plan seems to be to somehow slow the aging process, if not stop it all together. (dailymail) As with everything these days it seems, if it can be done with mice it can eventually be replicated in humans, it may seem strange, but that is the way things seem to work. (theguardian)
The next step seems to have arrived in this war against the aging process, once again it’s come from research using the all too common lab mice. A new study has shown that older mice, that are the equivalent of seventy year old humans, showed remarkable improvements in their strength and abilities. (iflscience) Scientists have uncovered a protein, growth differentiation factor 11, it’s capable of restoring muscles and brain functions back to their past glory through treatment. (wikipedia) The treatment is so promising that they’re looking to start testing it on humans shortly, if all goes well we could be looking at one of the greatest medical breakthroughs in modern medicine. (harvard) This treatment is being called “vampire therapy” by some people, because it utilizes blood from younger subjects in order to invigorate the older subject. (telegraph) The prospect of using blood from youth in order to prolong the life of the aging seems a bit controversial but the belief is that stem cells may be capable of being used in order to harvest GDF-11 in order to help keep mankind young for longer than currently possible, maybe even longer than anyone could really imagine. (sciencemag) While we won’t really have to drink the blood of other humans, the theories of Dracula could have finally been figure out, and could be what keeps the human race alive and thriving for eons to come.