October 22, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Aging

5 min read

When it comes to anti-aging science, creepy meets cool with “young blood” in new blood mixing studies just published. The researchers report that blood from young animals literally makes older animals younger. That striking claim is made by both of two independent teams that published high-profile papers that just came out in Science and Nature Medicine.  One of the teams, led by Lee Rubin and Amy Wagers of Harvard, has further narrowed in on one specific factor in blood that may be particularly important called growth …Read More

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The notion of caloric restriction (CR) as a means to prolong human life is intriguing. The basic idea of CR is that if you eat a lot less than the average person you’ll live longer. You might even live a higher quality, healthier life. But is this true? (update: see my newer post on 5 possible natural stem cell boosts). A whole bunch of scientists and even more dieting monkeys have been part of a very large, very expensive (as in millions of dollars; …Read More

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Regenerative medicine is very exciting. But what’s even better than regenerative medicine? Preventative medicine. If one can prevent a problem for occurring in the first place, it is far better than trying to treat it after the fact. Of course in many cases we do not know the causes of diseases so it is difficult to prevent them. However, many diseases are likely caused by problems with stem cells. Therefore, stem cell research, including the work being done funded by CIRM, is likely to …Read More