Rejuvenation

Rejuvenation Using Human Umbilical Cord Blood Plasma

Perhaps this provides a way for avoiding the necessity of draining Millennials of their blood plasma to benefit Baby Boomers.

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Human blood plasma obtained from umbilical cords revitalizes the hippocampus and improves cognitive function in aged mice, according to a new study published in Nature. The research was done by a team led by Stanford University neurologist Tony Wyss-Coray. The researchers injected human cord plasma into old mice, and found that they could better remember how to run through a maze than those receiving no injections. This research builds on earlier parabiosis studies in which young mice were stitched together with old mice. Those studies found that being exposed to young blood rejuvenated the organs and muscles of old mice.

In this new study the researchers isolated a blood protein TIMP2 from umbilical cord plasma and injected it into old mice where it boosted their memories almost as well as the young plasma did. The Stanford team suggests that TIMP2 could be used therapeutically to improve aging human brains.

However, other researchers cite experiments that found that old blood has a build up of factors that contribute to aging by inhibiting cellular repair and that young blood does not rejuvenate.

Wyss-Coray is the founder of biotech startup Alkahest which is running a small clinical trial aiming to see what effects that injecting blood plasma from young people into 18 people suffering from Alzheimer's might have. The results are slated to be reported later this year. Last fall, Alkahest reported that injecting old mice with blood plasma from young humans had rejuvenating effects on their bodies and brains.

In the meantime, another company Ambrosia is offering a clinical trial now in which participants are injected with young plasma derived from donors ranging in age from 15 to 25 years old. One month after participants received two-liters of plasma, the company begins checking for charges in 100 biomarkers for any rejuvenating effects. The company controversially charges participants $8,000 for the privilege of participating. Last year, Inc. magazine reported that venture capitalist and self-described libertarian Peter Thiel had expressed interest in Ambrosia's trial.

Ultimately the goal of this research is not to drain Millenials of their plasma to benefit Baby Boomers, but instead to isolate and synthesize the anti-aging compounds in young blood.

For more background see my article, The Vampire Cure for Aging.

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  1. Unlike the John R. Brinkley treatments, this one at least doesn’t use billy goat testicles.

    1. You undersell the man’s scientific repute. Remember when Voronoff and Brown-S?quard following practically the same protocols discovered an extract of mammalian testicles that restored vitality and muscle strength even to adult men. *spoiler alert* The compound(s) themselves didn’t end up extending anyone’s life. But, hey, why not keep holding your breath on the whole elixir vitae thing, right?

      1. It is said that a French nobleman watching a Montgolfi?re brothers’ balloon launch lamented “In a hundred years people will know how to live forever but we will all be dead”.

  2. Why do all scientists seem to focus on mice? Hey, eggheads, how about working on improving the quality of life for humans for once?

    1. Mice have better lobbyists. More government grants.

  3. I saw Vampire Facelift on tour with Arcade Fire a couple years ago. They were okay.

    1. They just… can’t… quite… admit…

      Venezuela finds itself in a volatile state of economic and political crisis, partly because of a failure to deal with the collapse in global oil prices in 2014.

      1. Plenty of other oil-income-dependent countries seem to be handling it much better.

      2. Yeah, more like inability to deal with the collapse in oil prices because they completely destroyed the rest of their economy with stupid socialism and payoffs to Chavez cronies.

    2. In SF, there was a ‘meeting’ last night billed as ‘The Future of the Left’. Gee, they could have waited 20 hours and found out in the news.

  4. But Boomers are still gonna be financial parasites on young people, right?

    1. Where are they on the pyramid?

      1. Boomers? They’re inside it, mummified in hundred dollar bills they took from Social Security and Medicare.

        1. They’re inside it, mummified in hundred dollar bills

          What everyone did everywhere, including you and there, is seen.

        2. They’re inside it

          Next to the grain.

    2. When I got my first paycheck in 1971, I looked into the SS system. I would tell people that every single dollar put in had already been spent. Older people were under the impression that they were taking out their money and I would point out that what they put in was a fraction of what came out and that the system was going to be a burden on our children and grandchildren. Once it got a little heated with a guy about 35 who said his mother took care of him and he didn’t mind paying SS to take care of her to which I responded, then take care of your fucking mother and don’t make me do it.

      1. Once it got a little heated with a guy about 35 who said his mother took care of him and he didn’t mind paying SS to take care of her to which I responded, then take care of your fucking mother and don’t make me do it.

        This guy’s name wasn’t Winston, right? We all pay in to take care of Winston’s fucking mother.

        1. The only Winston I knew was the one that tasted good like a cigarette should.

        2. The use of “fucking” here is not a mere epithet, but a technically precise description of who Winston’s mom is and what she does.

          1. I figured something like that. Just may way of wondering who Winston is.

    3. I can totally see a government program where they collect your umbilical blood and put it in a fund so you can use it when you are old. It will just sit there in the freezer, all safe, waiting for you.

  5. What happened to just eating some niacin?

    1. Not any old niacin, dude. Niacinamide riboside, just $39.95.

  6. Ultimately the goal of this research is not to drain Millenials of their plasma to benefit Baby Boomers, but instead to isolate and synthesize the anti-aging compounds in young blood.

    Or so they claim…

  7. Those studies found that being exposed to young blood rejuvenated the organs and muscles of old mice men with candy.

  8. If I give a pint of blood each month for 32 months, my blood should be only 32 months old. I need a million dollar grant to be sure.

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