Harvard researchers say they have discovered a chemical cocktail they believe could reverse aging, a discovery that could lead to a “fountain of youth” pill.
Harvard researcher David Sinclair published his findings in the July issue of the journal Medical AgingIn a series of Twitter posts this week.
“We have already shown that it is possible to reverse the course of age by using gene therapy to activate fetal genes,” he recalled first in his 17-tweet thread.
“Today, we’re showing that it’s possible to do this using chemical cocktails, which is a step toward affordable whole-body rejuvenation,” he says.
A professor of genetics and author of the book “Lifespan,” he explained that he and his team at Harvard Medical School worked for more than three years to find molecules that could reverse cellular aging and rejuvenate human cells.
Through experiments in mice and monkeys, they were able to identify six chemical cocktails that could “reverse” the visual signs of aging “within a week,” Sinclair said.
“Studies on optic nerve, brain tissue, kidney and muscle have shown good results with better vision and longer lifespan in mice and more recently, in April this year, better vision in monkeys,” he said.
He acknowledged that researchers are preparing to conduct clinical trials of the treatment in humans and that “other researchers are also racing to show that chemicals can rejuvenate cells as well as gene therapy.”