Chinese scientists are developing a ‘vampiric’ technique that could reverse the aging process


Scientists in China may have found a way to potentially reverse the aging process through a technique that can be described as “vampiric.”

Published last month in the peer-reviewed journal Cell Stem Cell, the study conducted by the Chinese Academy of Sciences involved surgically connecting the circulatory systems of old mice to those of younger specimens. After receiving an injection of blood taken from the young mice, the old ones would have lived longer.

The process of joining an old specimen to a young partner has been known to scientists for at least seven decades as heterochronic parabiosis (HP).

Over the years, several newspapers have reported that HP anti-aging effects. Until recently, the real impact of young blood on older circulatory systems remained a mystery.

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The new HP stem cell procedure that the researchers successfully developed rejuvenated adult stem cells from older rodents and surrounding somatic cells. The degeneration of vital organs and tissues, which occurs naturally with aging, appears to have been temporarily reversed during the scientists’ study. The new treatment, however, had a negative effect on the young mice because their exposure to old blood caused premature aging.

The study authors posit that their findings may offer relevant data for further research into anti-aging medical treatment.

“Our work provides an actionable resource for advancing our understanding of systemic factors related to aging and how they might be targeted to mitigate aging,” they wrote.

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