New research from a team of British scientists might bring the fountain of youth from legend to reality with the finding that one of our body's aging processes is likely reversible.
Researchers from the University of Exeter in England, recently conducted an experiment to determine how to reverse the aging of a class of genes called splicing factors and a group of dysfunctional cells called senescent, which accumulate as humans get older.
Splicing factors play a major role in helping the body’s genes operate smoothly. But as the body becomes older, senscent cells become more prevalent. The aging cells eventually become inactive as the splicing factors naturally switch off.
Enter resveratrol analogues, a chemical compound found in red wine, dark chocolate, red grapes and blueberries.
The scientists discovered that applying resveratrol analogues can turn the splicing factors back on, reversing the effect and allowing “the cells to regain some features of youth,” according to lead researcher Eva Latorre.
"When I saw some of the cells in the culture dish rejuvenating I couldn't believe it. These old cells were looking like young cells. It was like magic," she said. "I repeated the experiments several times and in each case the cells rejuvenated. I am very excited by the implications and potential for this research."
“Far more research is needed now,” Latorre said, “to establish the true potential for these sort of approaches to address the degenerative effects of ageing. "