Research published last year showed that removing the cells using a genetic trick caused mice to live 20% longer on average. The latest paper is the first to show that ageing can not only be delayed by removing senescent cells – but potentially reversed.
In the study, published in the journal Cell, scientists used a compound designed to knock senescent cells out of their state of suspended animation, towards cell death.
People have a goal that they want to live forever.. .that they want to ensure their lifespan meets or exceeds others.. that death forgets them.
We are constantly trying to spare ourselves of the final confrontation between life and death.. It’s the ultimate fear we all have. We don’t speak of it much.. we would much rather say we are afraid of spiders or heights. But it’s death. We are afraid the spider will kill us, or that we will fall from a building.
This article about purging the old cells can bring hope for those who want to try living longer? But … it doesn’t answer one conundrum: What happens when the spider bite kills your or the fall off a building splats you like a bug? ….death still wins in the end.