Scientists Have Reversed The Aging Process In Mice: Are Humans Next?

Although many people have searched for the fountain of youth for years, scientists at Harvard University may have discovered the secret to reversing aging.

A recent study published in the journal Cell found that by performing DNA repairs on mice, scientists were able to shift age forward and backward, thereby manipulating the aging process.

“New research now shows that the aging process can be reversible,” Johns Hopkins health policy expert Dr. Marty Makary said on “Varney & Co.” Tuesday. “That is, the body may carry a copy of a gene in your body that codes for a more youthful response to whatever is physiologically.”

According to Harvard Medical School, the epigenetic study lasted 13 years and demonstrated that reorganizing and regulating genetic structures can accelerate or reverse the effects of aging, such as deterioration of eyesight, reduced attention span and weakening of skin tissue.


“We believe ours is the first study to show that epigenetic change is the main driver of aging in mammals,” said the paper’s lead author, David Sinclair, professor of genetics at the Blavatnik Institute of Harvard Medical School and co-director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for Biology of Aging Research, Harvard said in a press release.

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After Harvard scientists succeeded in reversing the physiological aging of mice, they say the results of tests on large mammals or humans should be next. (Getty Pictures)

The researchers also acknowledged that the results then need to be tested on larger mammals or humans.

“We expect the results to transform the way we view the aging process and our approach to treating diseases associated with aging,” also said Harvard co-first author Jae-Hyun Yang, a genetics researcher in the lab. Sinclair. .

Aside from that recent Harvard experiment in mice, research on age reversal is “pretty mature,” Dr. Makary said, noting that a good deal of the literature details what you can do to slow down the aging process.

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Author of the Reverse Aging study, David A. Sinclair Ph.D., Boston, Massachusetts circa November 2006. (Getty Pictures)

Dr. Kara Fitzgerald, whose award-winning research on DNA methylation – the regulation of gene expression – studied the difference between biological and chronological aging, and she clarified how people can feel better for longer in his upcoming book, “YOUNGER YOU: Reduce Your Biological Age and Live Better, Longer.”

“Our biological age is changing faster in this country than our chronological age,” Fitzgerald previously told Fox News Digital. “And those last 16 years have passed with at least one – and for most of us – two chronic disease diagnoses. We’re not well. We’re not spending our last years in good health.”

When it comes to reversing your biological age, Fitzgerald recommends modifying your daily diet to include nutritious foods, herbs and spices.


“Obviously you want to eat more green and colored vegetables like beets, and different herbs or plants like turmeric, which is in curry, and green tea – all of these have the ability to change our genetic expression to something younger when taken together.”

Fitzgerald encouraged other critical changes, including getting moderate exercise, reducing your stress and getting enough sleep.


Fox News’ Cortney Moore contributed to this report.

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