May 14, 2018
While you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, you may be able to make your pup young again.
A Harvard startup has begun preliminary experiments on beagles and claims it can make animals ‘younger’ by adding new DNA instructions to their bodies.
And, the firm says it could one day work for humans, too.
Rejuvenate Bio, cofounded by George Church, is building on previous research that has shown tweaking genes in simple organisms like worms and flies can up to double their life spans.
Previous research has also shown that giving older mice blood transfusions from younger rodents can restore some biomarkers to youthful levels.
‘We have already done a bunch of trials in mice and we are doing some in dogs, and then we’ll move on to humans,’ Church said to podcaster Rob Reid earlier this year during an episode on bioengineering.
This article was posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 at 6:03 am