Successful Study on Mice Shows Young Blood Helps Elderly Live Longer


A study conducted on mice found that blood taken from a younger animal can help revitalize old ones. Will this study continue with human trails?

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The lead author of the study is UCL’s Professor Linda Partridge, from the Institute of Healthy Ageing. Her research found that humans could prolong their health.

Her study was published in the journal Nature, right when a Harvard University company announced that they would invest millions in finding a treatment that could help old animals by using the blood of the younger ones.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Professor Partridge stated:

“I would say aging is the emperor of all diseases,” adding that “there’s been all this fantastic research in animals. It’s just crazy.”

She explains that aging is malleable, and scientists are just beginning to understand it, so they will need to continue the research and see if they can “push to translate this into humans.”

Previous research has already found that the blood of a young mouse transferred to one which was ill can help the latter maintain vitality. Then, in 2014, Stanford University researchers led by neuroscientist Tony Wyss-Coray found that you mice’s blood could reverse cognitive and neurological issues in old mice.

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Linda Partridge’s research wants to look into how humans can take benefit from these studies.

Meanwhile, there are two programmes now taking place: Ambrosia in the US, which offers teenage blood transfusions to elderly costumers for a huge price – $8,000 for 2.5 liters of blood, and Elvian have announced they invested $5.5 million into research in this field.

Elvian’s scientists who are Harvard biologists are now looking to see if the key ingredient to rejuvenation is a protein in the blood called GDFII.

But blood is not the only thing that could help the elderly stay healthy, explains Professor Partridge, mentioning that gut bacteria from a young person could help old people’s “microbiomes” function better.


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