Supple, wrinkle-free, and glowing skin. Aging people have been looking for ways to get back their youthful look. There are cosmetics and plastic surgeries for it, however, those ways don't seem enough. Humans may defy age by altering the superficial features, but getting old is still inevitable.
In our eagerness to "Benjamin Button", researchers studied how to remain young both inside and out. Hence, experts at the Salk Institute in California
found out that through gene modification, humans can look younger and live 30 years longer.
Lab experiments were conducted in mice with premature aging. Experts believed it was possible to reverse aging in animals, and make them look and behave younger.
The subjects were treated using this new technique using genes. After several trials, the results showed that aging signs in mice were countered. Also, the treatement increased their lifespan by 30 percent.
Researchers said that using the genes called Yamanaka factors
, adult cells can turn back to their stem cell state, where they can grow into any part of the body. They hope to create a drug that can mimic the effect of the genes to humans.
Experts say they may start conducting human trials within 10 years. If successful, they said this drug can also help repair damaged organs.
"Our study shows that ageing may not have to proceed in one single direction," said Dr Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, a professor in Salk's Gene Expression Laboratory in an interview
. “With careful modulation, aging might be reversed."
However, researchers said that this process of defying age may come with serious consequences. It is feared that it can damage the organs and cells, or even cause cancer.