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August 20, 2017: Now Silicon Valley techies think they can live for ever
PresaDiretta questions one of the most powerful myths of contemporary society, eternal youth. Can you be young forever? In the United States, they are not only convinced, but are preparing to break the most extreme of scientific limits: death. There is, in fact, who is preparing to become immortal. American technology giants are investing a river of money on anti-aging research, the dream of eternity is the business of the future. Ultimately, for the foremost, for the optimists convinced that sooner or later the way to be reported in life even after death someone will find it, there are those who thought of hibernation. Watch episode (download required)


August 20, 2017: Now Silicon Valley techies think they can live for ever
After decades of quiet toil in laboratories, novel drugs are emerging that could rewrite the rules of old age, how we define long life and, ultimately, how we organise as a society. Full article


August 19, 2017: Inside Silicon Valley’s quest to defeat ageing

The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent Danny Fortson talks to the scientists and executives pledging to redefine life as we know it about why we may be finally on the cusp of an age revolution, taking the pain out of being old, the wonder drugs already in circulation, on whether we are playing god, the rejuvenating effects of young blood, freezing your stem cells, the merging of artificial intelligence and medicine, and what the future of ageing looks like. Listen to the podcast


July 31, 2017: Researchers Work on an “Atlas of Aging”

Death may be inevitable. But what about aging? If we could figure out what biological switches get flipped to start the process of decline, could we reverse it? Even prevent it? Full article


July 15, 2017: Blood from young animals can revitalize old ones

Parabiosis is a class of techniques in which two living organisms are joined together surgically and develop single, shared physiological systems, such as a shared circulatory system. Through surgically connecting two animals, researchers can prove that the feedback system in one animal is circulated and affects the second animal via blood and plasma exchange. Full article


June 20, 2017: How to encourage muscle stem cells to replace missing muscle? A familiar home, a few friends and some healthy exercise
Major traumatic events such as landmine explosions can rip away whole chunks of tissue and make it difficult or impossible to ever regain function. In the face of such complete devastation, even muscle stem cells falter. Now Stanford neurologist Thomas Rando, MD, PhD, and former postdoctoral scholar Marco Quarta, PhD, have outlined a three-part approach that, at least in mice, helps muscle stem cells grow new muscle tissue. Full article


April 24, 2017: City Visions: Are we close to a cure for aging?
What if we could end aging and prevent age-related diseases? Joseph Pace and guests explore recent advances in aging and longevity research.  Listen to the interview


April 19, 2017: Protein isolated from human cord blood has antiaging effects on memory in mice
Researchers have found a protein in the blood of human umbilical cords that improves memory and learning in old mice. The provocative finding joins a flurry of other recent, sometimes controversial work attempting to find factors that explain the apparent antiaging properties of young blood.  Full article


April 17, 2017: a16z Podcast: The Science of Extending Life
Is it real or science fiction to dream of being able to treat… getting old? In this episode, we discuss with Dr. Thomas Rando from Stanford, Kristen Fortney, CEO of BioAge, and a16z’s general partner Vijay Pande where we are in the field of “geroscience” — the idea of studying aging itself, and aging as the root risk for all aging related disease. Far from science fiction, recent discoveries have given us a whole crop of promising breakthroughs to treat aging, such as parabiosis (young blood infused into old blood), senolytics, and rapamycin, and more. Listen to the podcast


April 18, 2017: Protein primes mouse stem cells to quickly repair injury

Pretreatment with a stem-cell-activating protein significantly enhances healing in mice, Stanford researchers say. The approach could eventually help people going into surgery or combat heal better from injuries they sustain.  Full article


April 5, 2017: Monounsaturated fats help roundworms live longer
Roundworms storing monounsaturated fats in their guts live longer, according to Stanford researchers. Their study links epigenetic regulation with fat metabolism, and may have implications for many species.  Full article


April 3, 2017: Silicon Valley’s Quest To Live Forever
Can billions of dollars’ worth of high-tech research succeed in making death optional?  Full article


January 17, 2017: Have Scientists Found a Way to Actually Reduce the Effects of Aging?
Researchers at the Salk Institute in California have successfully induced cells to behave like younger cells.  Full article