An experimental “cocktail” of known drugs extended the life of the living organism 2 times

In the field of anti-aging and creation of new methods of rejuvenation and prolongation of life, provided one is already a lot of experiments. But they are all associated with the development of something new (and therefore expensive and unavailable). However, a group of researchers from Singapore has decided to use for this purpose are already known drugs and one of the resulting combinations is practically doubled the life expectancy of the subjects, the animals involved in the experiment.

It is worth to mention that the experiments were conducted at the round worm, Caenorhabditis Elegans. But despite the fact that on the evolutionary ladder they are located quite far from people, many trials of various drugs and methods very often begin with these worms.

These representatives of the animal world there is enough “common ground” with human genetics and in this case, scientists from the National University of Singapore wanted to find out how the interaction of different chemicals will affect the body (albeit small) in General.

“We wanted to find out whether it is possible to increase life expectancy by influencing the different ways of aging by means of combinations of drugs.”

Through a series of different tests scientists have created the most suitable for the tasks a cocktail (but we still recommend to play it at home). It includes the immunosuppressant rapamycin, which is commonly used to prevent rejection reactions of the transplant, the antibiotic rifampicin (used for tuberculosis), Metformin (a drug indicated for diabetes of the 2nd type), allantoin (local antiseptic, which can be found in the composition of various cosmetic products), and psora-4 (selective potassium channel blocker).


Change the lifespan of worms when taking certain drugs


Change the lifespan of worms when taking different combinations of medicines

In the end it turned out that the best combination of all the medicines (proportion for obvious reasons, kept secret) has resulted in longer life 2 times. However, such combination was not harmful or toxic to the worm. But the findings require further analysis and long-term tests on more advanced animals.

“If we can find a way to extend the life and delay the aging of people, we will win not only increase lifespan, but also from getting rid of age-related diseases such as arthritis, cardiovascular disease, cancer or Alzheimer’s disease.”

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