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Extension of human life span is a political task
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Moscow (Voice of Russia) Jul 09, 2013

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Perhaps, all people on Earth may become long livers in the near future. Scientists are now on the brink of a discovery that may pave the way for extending youthfulness. There are several ways to achieve this. Head of the laboratory for regenerative medicine at the Moscow Physics and Technical Institute Mikhail Batin spoke to the Voice of Russia about the most advanced scientific attempts and the obstacles that stand in the way of eternal youth.

Some scientists are attempting to grow human organs that can be used to transplant aged ones. Some others are trying to discover life span genes.

Lately, the life span gene has been discovered in one of the species of the bat. This bat lives ten times longer than their akin, says head of the laboratory for regenerative medicine at the Moscow Physics and Technical Institute Mikhail Batin.

"In fact, at least 100 genes are linked to longevity. In our laboratory, we are trying to simulate the work of genes and develop a protein that fulfills the functions linked to humans' life expectancy," Mikhail Batin said.

Meanwhile, the age of super-long livers is linked to their genes rather than their lifestyle, says the Russian scientist.

"A healthy lifestyle is good, of course. It is excellent. However, only the genes and stress resistance help a person to reach 120 years," Mikhail Batin added.

According to Mikhail Batin, if there were a global project on longevity similar to the projects of developing the atomic bomb or manned space flight, we could talk about a victory over ageing in 20 years. However, at present, no one has set such a target, Mikhail Batin said.

"It's a political task that people live long. Where there is a political will, people live long. But unfortunately, political leaders have such qualities that oppose the development of science. They are largely oriented to the opinion of laymen. The extension of life is a very complicated and complex task. Paradoxically, laymen are not interested in this. I believe that 80% of people will say no to the question: would you like to live forever? This is confirmed by opinion polls conducted across the world," Mikhail Batin said.

However, at present, there is a possibility to extend youthfulness for some time. To this end, one has to know the mapping on his genome. This costs about $200. An analysis of a great number of genome data of a person helps to understand how age-related changes are taking place in his body. Then, correctly chosen procedures will help to extend life for 20 years

Source: Voice of Russia


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