“The cell is immortal. It is merely the fluid in which it floats that degenerates. Renew this fluid at regular intervals, give the cell what it requires for nutrition, and as far as we know, the pulsation of life can go on forever.”
– Dr. Alexis Carroll, Nobel Prize Winner
– Secret to long life found in 115-year-old woman’s blood (Natural News, May 12, 2014):
In 2005, 115-year-old Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper passed away to old age healthy and disease-free. At the time of her death, Schipper became the oldest person to have her body donated to science. Longevity researchers were interested in understanding why a healthy person suddenly dies of old age. A group of Dutch researchers may be onto something. After researching the woman’s stem cells, Dutch researchers, led by Henne Holstege, may have found out why this woman lived disease-free for well over a century and why her body shut down when it did.
Long life may be limited by stem cell’s ability to divide
In their research at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, Hostege and her team went to work sequencing Schipper’s genome, looking for specific gene mutations as they searched for a possible secret to long life. The study, published in the journal Genome Research, reported that cell division cannot last forever and a person’s lifespan may be limited by the stem cell’s ability to divide efficiently.
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