Are Telomere Tests Ready for the Public?

Are Telomere Tests Ready for the Public?

Since these “biomarkers” shorten as we age, many companies have begun to offer home tests to potentially show the users “true” biological age, how healthy they are, and their susceptibility to various diseases. But are these tests ready for the public? And is it worth your money to try one?

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Is it Possible to Stay Younger As We Get Older?

Is it Possible to Stay Younger As We Get Older?

In the last 50 years the average life expectancy has been extended from 65 to 85, giving us an extra third of our life. Can we enjoy this substantial new chapter of life if we’re slowly being shackled by the bonds of aging? This article by the New Yorker discusses this intriguing topic!

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Alzheimers Study Now Recruiting Participants!

Alzheimers Study Now Recruiting Participants!

One of our partners, Leucadia Therapeutics, is pleased to announce that Project Cribrose is now live! They are recruiting participants for a 2000 person study, including healthy people from 20-90 years old, those with Alzheimer’s disease, Frontotemporal dementia, or Down Syndrome and people over 50 with mild cognitive impairment.

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Making of a Cover Photo

Making of a Cover Photo

On May 3 2019 Volumetric Bio made history, and made the cover of Science Magazine with their groundbreaking technology. But how does one go about photographing something smaller than a penny in sharp detail? This behind the scenes from Science Magazine goes into how they captured such an exceptional shot.

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Can an RNA-Binding Protein Keep You From Aging?

Can an RNA-Binding Protein Keep You From Aging?

Researchers at EPFL recently found that the RNA-binding protein PUM2 contributes to the accumulation of defective mitochondria, a key feature of the aging process. Targeting this protein in old animals protects against age-related mitochondrial dysfunction. What can this mean for humans though?

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Can the Bacteria in Your Stomach Reveal Your Age?

Can the Bacteria in Your Stomach Reveal Your Age?

Researchers in Maryland recently conducted a test examining 3,600 different samples of bacteria from 1,165 healthy individuals age 20-90. They found that bacteria actually differs vastly between various age groups. They think this “microbiome aging clock” could be used as a baseline to test how fast or slow a person’s gut is aging and how different diets might have an effect on longevity.

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Could Parasites Hold the Key to Your Health?

Could Parasites Hold the Key to Your Health?

Intestinal worms have long caused suffering in humans, but has our bias against a handful of harmful helminths led us to slaughter billions of helpful ones? Is our quest as humans to eradicate parasitic worms being accomplished to our detriment? And if we could treat or even prevent many of our modern inflammatory diseases with harmless intestinal worms, why don’t we?

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Breaking the Vascularity Barrier

Breaking the Vascularity Barrier

There are 3D bioprinters but no 3D printed usable organs. Why is that? Microvascularization is a key rate limiter preventing humans needing an organ transplant from having it made available to them. In other words, blood needs to get to the 3D printed tissue in order for the tissue to remain alive. Thankfully, a start-up we have proudly supported from inception is developing the necessary tools to solve the microvascularization challenge so that we can have functioning 3D printed organs.

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Cell Reprogramming Leads to Reversal in Cell Aging!

Cell Reprogramming Leads to Reversal in Cell Aging!

An impressive team at Stanford lead by Vittorio Sebastiano, Jay Sarkar, and Marco Quarta has found a way to turn adult cells into younger cells. That way, the cells don’t forget their assigned tasks since they maintain their cell type, but have the added advantage of having restored youthful performance.

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Are There Longevity Vitamins, Like There Are Survival Vitamins?

Are There Longevity Vitamins, Like There Are Survival Vitamins?

What we know as “essential vitamins and minerals” are compounds whose absence has been observed to be immensely detrimental or even fatal to humans. Think of death by scurvy (vitamin C deficiency) or pellagra (niacin deficiency). But an important question to ask for each essential vitamin and mineral is: “over what timeframe do detrimental effects of deficiency manifest themselves?”

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Family & Longevity: Genetics Can Dictate How Long You May Live

Family & Longevity: Genetics Can Dictate How Long You May Live

Here is an interesting fact for the dinner table… many studies have correlated longevity with genes and you may find out just how likely you are to surpass the 100 year mark. Did you know that individuals who have centenarian parents have been found to be less likely to have the age-related diseases that are common among older adults?

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The Drug Pricing System That Could Use Disrupting

The Drug Pricing System That Could Use Disrupting

We all want a healthcare system that is more productive and efficient in finding innovative solutions to illnesses and diseases of aging. That is why it is important to look at the factors that need disruption in our journey to creating an inclusive and sustainable healthcare system.

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The Gut Bacteria Is More Important Than You Think!

The Gut Bacteria Is More Important Than You Think!

For centuries, man has been attempting to extend the healthy human lifespan by investigating the correlation between health and the microbiome. In the past, these methods have been largely unsuccessful. New research is emerging that focuses on the 29 strains of E. coli that protect against age-associated diseases, causing the host to live at least 10% longer and healthier.

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