Harvesting Blood From Babies’ Umbilical Cords Could Help Reverse Aging

Harvesting Blood From Babies’ Umbilical Cords Could Help Reverse Aging:

Bodily fluids understandably make people queasy, especially when substances like animal blood are used in art. But if the blood of a newborn baby could make you feel young again, could you overcome your revulsion?

That may sound like a horror movie pitch, but thanks to a group of Stanford University scientists Peter Thiel’s dream of injecting himself with young peoples’ blood could become a reality.

Researchers at the California institution’s department of neurology found that blood harvested from babies’ umbilical cords had strong anti-aging effects in mice. Specifically, they discovered that a protein in the young blood called TIMP2possessed rejuvenating properties. The results were published Wednesday in the journal Nature.

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