3 Ways Biotechnology Is Keeping Us Young

Written by on February 6, 2017 in Sci-Tech with 0 Comments

Video Source: cellmalaysia antiaging

By Kevin Xu 

Every second that ticks by, you’re getting just a little older — it’s just an irrefutable fact of life. As those seconds turn to minutes, to hours, to days, to months, to years, your body will start to reflect the toll that time takes.

The glamour of youth fades, and the body starts to break down. Gray hairs start sprouting, crow’s-feet take up permanent residence on your face, and getting up out of your seat takes more effort.

Father Time conquers all, and any effective effort to stem the natural process is just science fiction. Finding the fountain of youth is a fruitless venture.

Or is it?

It’s an exciting time for scientists in the field biotechnology. Because of the steady increase in the aging population, people are becoming more aware of the potential of actually finding the proverbial fountain of youth through the advancements in biotech.

Here are some ways scientists are exploring and experimenting to try and unlock the secrets of anti-aging:

1) Stem Cell Therapy

While a controversial subject, stem cells have a wealth of potential in the anti-aging initiative. Stem cells can regenerate and differentiate into any different type of cells, and ultimately, they can even replace the senescent ones.

Many see taking embryonic stem cells as an unethical practice. However, there are other ways to harvest them. There are stem cells available in the umbilical cord and even in the adult body — found in our fat tissues, bone marrow, teeth, and even our blood.

According to Cell Malaysia, the usage of human stem cells can be broken down into the four Rs: repair, regeneration, replacement, and rejuvenation. The last one refers to the ability of stem cells to make existing cells healthier and younger, which could be a key factor in the anti-aging process.

It’s important to note we don’t fully understand how stem cells behave in nature or how to anticipate their path of activity. However, in terms of anti-aging, scientists can’t help but theorize the possibilities of what can be accomplished.

2) Epigenetic Reprogramming

In lieu of stem cells, scientists can rely on the current biotechnology of our inherent cellular programming. That is to say, our DNA can possibly be reprogrammed to head off the aging process.

When analyzing the genetic mutations underlying Werner syndrome (a genetic condition that causes rapid aging), researchers learned that it seems to lead to disorganized bundles of DNA found in the nucleus of a cell. This bundling is believed to act as a “switchboard” for the gene’s activity.

Applied to the anti-aging mission at the epigenetic level, the onus isn’t on having to edit or change the DNA of a cell, but instead on adding or removing the “switches” that are responsible for the expression of certain genes or traits among one’s DNA. In this way, scientists may get to edit a cell for a desired trait — in this case, anti-aging.

While we are likely decades away from any true tangible breakthrough when it comes to eternal youth through this process, many scientists believe that if we are artificially able to play around with these marks and switches, we may be able to unlock the secrets of anti-aging.

3) Anti-aging Substances

For as long as people have hated aging, there have been products available to allegedly make one look and feel young again. There is a wealth of theories that involve the roles of specific substances that help your body retain its youthful glow, many of which can be obtained within food or by taking natural extracts.

These substances could have a correlation with certain senescent mechanisms like antioxidant mechanisms, telomerase enhancement, or other mechanisms that lack certain substances that lead to the consequences of aging.

It’s difficult for researchers to pinpoint which substance is key within the aging process because of a lack of consistency in terms of which one is doing the heavy lifting to decelerate the aging process. The substances tend to go through different paths within our bodies, so a holistic approach to this sect of anti-aging initiatives is favorable over a systematic procedure.

The Natural Rejuvenation of the Human Body

When you skin your knee, your body has the physiological ability to heal itself and take your nasty cut and repair the cells back to normal, as if you never took a tumble in the first place. Scientists believe that the body has the potential to perform something similar when it comes to aging.

Founded in the late 1980s, “Human Body Regenerative Restoration Science” is a combination of two pillars that are a unique composition of nutrients and a proprietary activation method. When combined, they awaken the innate potential the human body has to regenerate, restore, and rejuvenate itself by replacing damaged, diseased, and aging cells and tissues in the process.

However, in order for the body to conduct its own anti-aging process, the burden needs to be put on the aging (or fibrotic) cell rather than an injured/damaged cell.

On a practical level, this science has successfully been utilized to salvage the skin (and lives) of more than 20 million burn victims in 73 countries within just the past three decades.

The Significance Moving Forward

 While devoting so much time, energy, and resources to the efforts of anti-aging may seem like an effort rooted in vanity, it goes far beyond the disdain of crow’s-feet and the fear of our own mortality.

The breakthroughs found in these discoveries and the potential they have moving forward in the next decade or two could be the key to solving a host of afflictions, such as Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. Finding the keys to the anti-aging process is becoming a very tangible goal, which makes it an exciting time to be in biotechnology.

Kevin Xu is the CEO of MEBO International, a California- and Beijing-based intellectual property management company specializing in applied health systems. He also leads Skingenix, which specializes in skin organ regeneration and the research and development of botanical drug products.

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