Well, here we go, then. The aging process in human beings has been reversed in a study conducted in Israel. (Kinda fitting, if you think about it, for those of us in the Western world who come from a Judeo-Christian background.) As I’m not a scientist and there’s really no reason that I can see for me to rewrite any of this, allow me to just do a cut-and-paste from the linked article: “As people age, the protective caps at the ends of chromosomes–called telomeres–shorten, causing DNA to become damaged and cells to stop replicating. At the same time, ‘zombie’ senescent cells build up in the body, preventing regeneration.” Aging, then, and by extension, death, is wired into us. It’s written in our DNA. Are scientists on the cusp of rewriting the rules?
“Now scientists at Tel Aviv University have shown that giving pure oxygen to older people while in a hyperbaric chamber increased the length of their telomeres by 20 per cent, a feat that has never been achieved before. Scientists said the growth may mean that the telomeres of trial participants were now as long as they had been 25 years earlier.” Wait, what? 20%? That’s a BIG rewind! I would have expected something much smaller.
“The significant improvement…shown during and after these unique protocols provides the scientific community with a new foundation of understanding that ageing can indeed be targeted and reversed at the basic cellular-biological level.” Holy shit! And there’s no drinking of blood required to do it?!