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Thread: Stem Cells Could Extend Human Life By Over 200 Years

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    Collective Evolution
    March 3, 2014 by Arjun Walia.


    At the Institute for Regenerative Medicine in Pittsburgh, fast-aging elderly mice with a usual lifespan of approximately 21 days were injected with stem cells from younger mice. They were given the injection approximately four days before they were expected to die, and the results were outstanding. Mice who were injected not only lived, but they live 3 times their normal lifespan, surviving for an additional 71 days. In human terms, that would be the equivalent of an 80-year old living to be 200 years old.

    The research was published in Nature Communications, by Mitra Lavasani in 2012. The mice were genetically engineered to be fast-aging.

    “Specifically, the investigators studied the effects of injecting muscle-derived stem/progenitor cells (MDSPCs) into a murine progeria model (fast-aging mice). Since age-related degenerative changes are universal in the musculoskeletal system, the impact on the musculoskeletal system by murine muscle-derived stem/progenitor cells (MDSPCs) became the primary focus of the experiments. MDSPCs are multipotent cells isolated from postnatal skeletal muscle. They have the capacity for long-term proliferation, are resistant to oxidative and inflammatory stress, show multilineage differentiation and self-renew, induce neovascularization, and stimulate regeneration of bone, skeletal, and cardiac muscles. These characteristics raise the possibility that the loss of MDSPCs or related perivascular progenitor cells could contribute to sarcopenia, osteoporosis and other age-associated degenerative diseases.”

    This is a significant finding, it could not only extend the life of humans but also be able to delay symptoms that are correlated with aging.

    Humanity is continually progressing in its understanding of science and technology. Everyday, new breakthroughs are made that have the potential to change the way we live. Unfortunately, we live in a system of competition, misinformation and corporate interests. Imagine if science and technological discoveries were free, and made available to the entire human population for exploration and experimentation. Imagine if we shared with one another, instead of always trying to generate a profit.

    Multiple scientists have attempted to find the “Fountain of Youth.” Prolonging life is not a new idea, it’s a common theme found throughout ancient history, philosophy, mysticism and more. One example is the Elixir of Immortality, or the Philosopher’s Stone(s) that were sought out Before the Common Era (BCE). We recently wrote an article about a team of scientists in Russia who discovered a way to extend human life and cure age-related disease, including cancer, you can read more about that here.

    It seems that we have a wide variety of possibilities when it comes to science and technology. As the human race continues to move forward, discoveries that bring ethics into the picture will continue to increase. Some might argue that this is playing ‘God,’ but I believe a part of human nature is the ability to make new discoveries, and advance ourselves as a human race. For our race to one day reach a point where we can extend our lives, I see nothing wrong with that, and feel it would be completely natural.

    What’s more important right now is to provide everybody on the planet with the basic necessities for life. Everybody should have access to proper health care (organic fruits and vegetables), clean water, shelter and energy. We have the solutions, but those solutions are accompanied by excuses, and often lead to “the problem of money.” Money never has to come in the way of necessity, so ask yourself, why does it?

    New discoveries are useless unless we evolve past a competitive society, into a cooperative one, where we see ourselves as one human race. Science and technology is useless if the consciousness and intent behind the beneficial discoveries is for the betterment of the whole.

    Sources:

    http://dujs.dartmouth.edu/news/stem-...s#.UxM7Nly6_fM

    - See more at: http://www.collective-evolution.com/....QdJ1LOZV.dpuf
    First treatment in 2007. Pioneering ever since.

    Barbara

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    I'd like to do 200 years!!!

    I happen to love being alive. I'm a musician, I love my job. I am of retirement age, but still play. And that's the key, it's playing music.

    Many religions promise us an afterlife of one sort or another, but nobody has ever verified that. I could be real, it could be bunk.

    So this life is the proverbial 'bird in the hand'.

    I intend to live my life by the rules set down for me as a child by the religion of my parent's choice, so that when I go, if there is an afterlife, I'll go to the 'good place'.

    On the other hand, I want to hang out here for as long as I can, just in case those priests are wrong.

    I guess that's covering all the bets

    Bob

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    bob-a-rama - You are like a breath of fresh air. I think a positive attitude is a tremendous help when dealing with the difficulties we face. It can be difficult though as we all know.

    I used to play the violin but my nails grew too long. What's more important in junior high - long nails or playing the violin? I chose long nails. That was so long ago, I doubt I could even remember how to tighten the bow now.

    The only one who is musical in my house now is a Trumpeter Swan. In case anyone wonders why they are called that, she sounds exactly like a trumpet. It's pretty comical to hear trumpet sounds coming from North America's largest waterfowl in our own backyard.
    First treatment in 2007. Pioneering ever since.

    Barbara

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    When I was in junior high school, I started on drums. There were only so many instruments to rent (it was a small town at the time) and so all the new people got drum sticks. When the tenor sax player moved away, the bandmaster asked who wanted to play sax, and I guess I raised my hand more enthusiastically than the others. By the time I got in high school, I was first sax in the all-state band every year that I was eligible.

    But that's not the story. - You mentioned your nails.

    So I was in this little rock band. We were terrible (so was everybody else back then) but we had a lot of fun. We got booked to play a junior high sock hop. --- So there I was on the stage, having a great time playing with my best friends and playing the songs we loved. A few songs into the night and I noticed that cute girl who didn't acknowledge my existence in English class was 'making eyes' at me. And at the end of the night they actually paid me money!!!!!!!!! I would have paid them for that experience.

    I knew this what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. So my experience was exactly the opposite from yours.

    Every girl or woman I've ever had the pleasure of being intimate with was introduced to me via my saxophone. After school I was on the road in a rock band that almost made it big, so there were a lot of delightful women. We warmed up in concert for the stars of the day, and were treated as peers by them and we got to play music with some of the greatest and most successful musicians in the country. What fun!

    They say if you make a living doing what you would do for free, you will never work a day in your life. And other than a few 'day jobs' I've had while checking out 'the other side', I've never worked a day in my life.

    But most importantly, I met the finest woman I know 36 years ago, the love of my life. She was in a different band, we were each other's groupies for a while, and 36 years later we are happy, in a band together, and I'm the luckiest guy in the world.

    Bob

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    bob-a-rama - I guess your experience is what they call banding together.
    Seriously, this is a very nice love story. Thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donna View Post
    bob-a-rama - I guess your experience is what they call banding together<...snip...>.
    LOL!

    When we started our duo, I said in my best faux-French accent, "Let's make beautiful music together."

    Bob

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