A new drug that can miraculously repair cells and slow down cell aging.
A team of researchers developed the drug after discovering a key signalling process in DNA repair and cell aging. During trials on mice, the team found that the drug directly repaired DNA damage caused by radiation exposure or old age.
The drug was so effective that they couldn’t tell the difference between old and young mice. This is the closest people have come to safe antiaging and is only 5 years away from mass production. The miraculous drug caught NASA’s attention because of the accelerated rate of aging, memory loss and other symptoms manifested in the astronauts as a result of the cosmic radiation.
Cosmic radiation isn’t only a concern for astronauts but also for everyone else.
The experiments in mice, from a team at the University of New South Wales, suggest a treatment for these issues is possible through a new drug.
While our cells can naturally repair DNA damage – such as damage caused by the sun – this ability declines with age.
The scientists identified that the call signalling molecule NAD+, which is naturally present in every cell in the body, has a key role in protein interactions that control DNA repair. Treating mice with an NAD+ ‘booster’ called NMN improved their cells’ ability to repair DNA damage caused by radiation exposure or aging.
The human trials will begin this year at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston