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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Blood has always been known as “the Gift of Life” and a growing number of Bay Area researchers are currently trying to isolate a factor in blood that may turn back the hands of time.
“We don’t know how soon we’re going to defeat aging,” proclaimed Aubrey de Grey. “We should be able to keep people truly in a youthful state of health, no matter how long they live and that means the risk of death will not rise.”
De - Grey - Science - Officer - Co-founder
De Grey is the Chief Science Officer and Co-founder of the SENS Research Foundation in Mountain View. He believes we can grow biologically younger.
“The risk of death will remain the risk of death from causes other than aging — like being hit by a truck,” explained De Grey.
SENS - Funds - Array - Projects - Research
SENS funds a dizzying array of projects, research and clinical trials. The Bay Area is packed with bio scientists looking at solving the healthy longevity puzzle.
Several startups are looking at blood, specifically the pale yellow fluid in blood called plasma.
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“Plasma transfusions are big hot property right now,” said De Grey.
At the biotech company Alkahest in San Carlos, biotech scientists analyzed plasma samples donated by the young and the old. They were astonished.
Time - Hundreds - Proteins - Aging - CEO
“We have actually now for the first time discovered that there are hundreds of proteins that change with aging,” explained the CEO and Chairman Karoly Nicolich.
“It’s pretty dramatic,” remarked Alkahest neuroscientist Sakura Minami.
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Stanford scientists are now testing the method in humans.
On November 5, Dr. Sharon Sha, the lead investigator of the trial and neurologist, reported some results at the 10th annual Clinical Trial on Alzheimer’s Disease conference in Boston.
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“We found that it was safe and feasible to administer infusions of young plasma weekly,” reported Dr. Sha.
“We found an improvement on two measures of functional ability,” reported Dr. Sha.
Even so, Dr....
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