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Maybe there was something to the vampire mythology after all


InstapunditFive days later, old mice did see some benefits from having young blood in their veins, including better muscle repair. But Conboy, who reported her findings in Nature Communications, says the really striking finding was just how bad old blood was for the younger animals. The aged blood inhibited the formation of brain cells in young mice and caused the animals to fall behind their peers in a strength test where they are hung upside down on a wire mesh. “The young mice became almost as decrepit as the old ones,” she says.

The research suggests that one day, instead of getting transfusions from young people, aged people will instead go to a medical facility to get their blood cleared of proteins that may build up and promote aging. Conboy says she and other scientists are working to identify what those molecules are.

This is starting to get a little freaky. The science is promising, to be sure, but the implications are disturbing.

This entry was published Sun Nov 27 09:00:07 CST 2016 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2016-11-27 09:00:07.0. [Tweet]

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