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Reverse Aging?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Dr. Ronald A. DePinho, director of the Belfer Institute for Applied Cancer Science at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and professor of medicine (genetics) at Harvard Medical School, talks about a recent discovery that has reversed the aging process in mice.

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Comments [9]

Kathleen Steindler from Manhattan

I found this facinating - and as a health practitioner who wants to see everyone thriving until they die I am excited about the research. It is all about living compassionately and incredibly well. The doctor specifically said this research did not prove longevity but healthier and more vibrant lives. I am always amazed at the new understandings of the invisable workings of the wondrous bodies we carry around. The Dr. also said that telomaze is something that gives cancer cells more fuel- so it is more complicated than an easy fix -

Dec. 02 2010 12:13 PM
bernie from bklyn

great segment!!!

Nov. 30 2010 11:07 AM
jennifer from brooklyn

I am disturbed by this more than excited? Why are we so obsessed with living forever instead of living incredible well and compassionately for a short period? Seems from the other post that most folks are more concerned with the same issues than living longer...how about investing all those funds into finding ways to live peacefully and lovingly instead of longer!

Nov. 30 2010 11:03 AM
gene from NYC

The last study I remember having this dramatic a result was the nationwide Lung Cancer CT Scan study. The benefits of scanning were so striking, the study was halted, in consideration of the control group which was not being scanned.

This isn't a human trial, admitted, but at what point would science consider a crash program on end-of-life volunteers?

Nov. 30 2010 10:58 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Dr. DePinho said male mice had higher sperm counts w/this treatment; what about fertility in female mice?

Nov. 30 2010 10:57 AM

great, just what we need, people who don't die, well just rich people who won't die.

Nov. 30 2010 10:54 AM
doctor from nj

Could this breakthrough have any implications in the cure/control of cancer since it is mostly a disease of old age/accumulated mutations?

Nov. 30 2010 10:54 AM
fred

Ok great so when can I get it in a bottle?

Nov. 30 2010 10:52 AM
April from Manhattan

I wouldn't mind losing painful knees, ankles, and feet, (DON'T WEAR POINTY TOED HEELS, LADIES), but other than that, I like aging. Studies show elders are happier and more suicidal. Seems contradictory, but I agree with Freud, as opposed to most Freudians, that there's a death instinct, why many get creeped out by the quest to live forever. Decreasing ageism would be nice. If young folks noticed old folks take up physical space instead of walking right into us, that would help. But no longer being a beautiful sex object, is the best thing that ever happened to me. I can talk to construction workers! And jokingly sexually harass young guys. One said "Thanks for sexually harassing me." Love stories become boring because they're so predictable, the variables so few. Life after youth is much more interesting. The obsession with youth in our culture is a bit sick. Take cheer, youth. Not only is it not so bad, it's great! And by the way, enough already with goth and piercings! Your grandparents did that. Come up with something new!

Nov. 30 2010 10:49 AM

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