A cure for aging in the works?

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Anti-ageing compound set for human trials after turning clock back for mice 
[Via | Science | theguardian.com]

Australian and US researchers hope an anti-ageing compound could be trialled on humans as early as next year, following a key breakthrough that saw the ageing process reversed in mice.

The study, involving Harvard University and the University of NSW, discovered a way of restoring the efficiency of cells, completely reversing the ageing process in muscles.

Two-year-old mice were given a compound over a week, moving back the key indicators of ageing to that of a six-month-old mouse. Researchers said this was the equivalent of making a 60-year-old person feel like a 20-year-old.

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Surely it can’t be that simple? The paper is behind a paywall but the abstract looks interesting.  But I can’t see just how much NAD they administered.

However, the conclusions from the paper do not seem at all to match what the media article states. Not too surprising.

There is some work indicating that various forms of Niacin/Vitamin B3 are important here and they are precursors for NAD, so maybe there is some reasonable biology.

But I’ll believe the huge effect when I see it. Soon I hope.

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