Experts believe that the technology can be used to rejuvenate the body as a whole.
Scientists from the Salk Institute in California, USA, discovered the “elixir of immortality” – technology based on IPS cells, contributing to the rejuvenation of the human body.
A team of genetic engineers, led by Juan Carlos Belmonte conducted the first successful surgery for rejuvenation of the organism in laboratory mice. With the help of developed by Professor Shinya Yamanaka, IPS cells, experts were able to achieve a gradual regeneration of dying cells. Moreover, scientists are confident the technology can be used to rejuvenate the body as a whole.
The technique, which was used by Professor Belmonte, is based on the principle of using a new type of stem cells – IPS. They are more efficient and get them a little simpler, which eliminates from the process of research the ethical implications. The introduction of four additional copies of genes resulted in the gradual recovery of the rodent, however, the study still requires additional experiments.
Previous attempts of scientists to create the “elixir of immortality” failed. Experiments on mice in 2013 and 2014 resulted in the rejection of tissues and a gradual death of the subject. According to preliminary calculations, successful application of IPS cells will reduce the speed of aging by 30%. Quite possibly, the opening of the American scientists will allow to step over the threshold in 115 years – the maximum term of functioning of the human body.
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