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Altai scientists claim progress towards eternal youth... in worms

By Olga Gertcyk
22 February 2016

Aim is to postpone ageing 'illnesses', says researcher. 

The drug is produced from stem cells and stimulates the body to produce new cells. Picture: Katun24

Work by the Scientific Research Institute of Biological Medicine at Altai State University has been hailed as progress towards a 'fountain of youth'. Impressive results in earthworms and mice have been noted, it is claimed. 

Yet lead researcher Ivan Smornov is against implying this can see rapid benefits for humans. 'I don't know anything about an elixir of life,' he said. 'We're not working on such a thing, and we didn't invent any 'elixir of life'.'

Comparing the samples

'On the left photo the cells take all the free space, respectively, the substance has significant potential to heal liver.' Picture: Katun24

Rather 'we're working on medical treatment that will allow the postponement of 'age' illnesses - but in worms. 'We haven't yet considered using it on humans.' He said: 'Many doctors believe that ageing is a disease and can therefore be cured.'

Dr Smirnov said: 'We've been working on several rejuvenating medicines during the last few years, along with our colleagues from the Tomsk Research Institute of Pharmacology and Regenerative Medicine. 

Ivan Smirnov

Dr Ivan Smirnov: 'We're not working on such a thing, and we didn't invent any 'elixir of life'.' Picture: Katun24

'The substances we work on includes a treatment for post-chemotherapy bone marrow regeneration, a hepatoprotector for the human liver, and medication for women's health. This is 21st century medical science.' 

The drug is produced from stem cells and stimulates the body to produce new cells. It can positively affect entire body as well as separate organs. It is believed it could  help heal the heart after a heart attack. The drug proved to be effective to make a segment of liver grow in laboratory environment.

Samples

'The substances we work on includes a treatment for post-chemotherapy bone marrow regeneration, a hepatoprotector for the human liver, and medication for women's health.' Picture: Katun24

Researcher Ruslan Khalimov said: 'A fragment of liver that we placed is growing under the influence of the drug. On the left photo the cells take all the free space, respectively, the substance has significant potential to heal liver.'

On the worms, Dr Smirnov said: 'We use particular worms. They normally live for about 20 days. Luckily, they lived much longer. More importantly, they managed to preserve their youth and had a lot of offspring.

'That proves that the animals were at a reproductive age. The tests on vertebrates will take another two years.'

Comments (3)

Yeah, you folks keep your spirit. Meanwhile I want those doctors to succeed in humans so all the spirit-less people like me can live forever!!
Andres Suarez, Cancun, Mexico
24/02/2016 09:23
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I agree that only our spirit is immortal. I also agree however that regenerative medicine is a very important science in helping to heal damaged organs, bone marrow and possibly spinal chords. I hope all of the scientists continue your research as well as continue to investigate all of the possible applications.
Pamela Tetarenko, League City, USA
24/02/2016 06:13
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The search for physical immortality is a total waste of time. There is none, since only spirit can be immortal.
Val Valerian, Yelm, WA, USA
23/02/2016 09:53
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