Weekly reads: Bezos & stem cells for anti-aging, Myc, more

Stem cells may have anti-aging properties, but they are unlikely to be a real fountain of youth. Even so, people are obsessed with aging and stem cells regularly are thought of as “the ticket” for fighting aging. I’ll start today’s recommended reads with that topic and then go on to list some interesting papers of the last week or so.

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Old man getting young blood. Season 4 episode 5 of Silicon Valley.

Stem cells for anti-aging, and Bezos

Jeff Bezos wants to live forever in space? Meet Altos Labs, Silicon Valley’s latest wild bet on living forever, MIT Tech Review. 

The anti-aging company here is Altos Labs. I don’t see that this biotech has its own website yet. If I missed it, please let me know in the comments.

This piece is from the wonderful Antonio Regalado. Reportedly those in attendance at a small, private investment gathering included Juan Carlos Izpisúa Belmonte and Steve Horvath. Regalado reported that Shinya Yamanaka will be an unpaid member of the board. I’d be kind of surprised if Yamanaka was part of this, but who knows.

This all brings to mind the young-blood “trend” of rich people getting infusions of blood from young people to try to reverse aging.

Myc studies

Recommended papers and media

1 thought on “Weekly reads: Bezos & stem cells for anti-aging, Myc, more”

  1. I’ve always wondered if the benefits people seemed to perceive from young blood transfusions is a “watered-down” version of hormone treatment.

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