Mice visit the Fountain of Youth

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While stopping time is a far off science fiction dream, delaying aging and death looms just over the horizon. Johnny Huard, a stem-cell expert, and his team at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine in Pittsburgh recently found success reversing aging in lab mice via stem cell transplants. 

The study used muscle-derived stem cells, which, according to the article, are unspecialized like most others cells. Huard and his team injected the cells from young, healthy mice into older mice that were expected to die in the near future.

According to the article Huard was astonished to find that “the treated mice lived an average of 71 days—50 more than expected, and the equivalent of an 80-year-old human living to be 200.”

However, despite the success in mice, scientists urge people not to get too excited about the immediate prospects of anti-aging treatments as the human applications are still far off.

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