Off To Mars: Age-Reversing Pill To Start Human Trials Within Six Months

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Futurist and Transhuman Ray Kurzweil believes the Singularity will occur in 2029, and that immortality for man will be close behind. However, the state of science today is far from what it was 100 years ago. Today’s science is rushed, untested and dangerous. The long-term effects are seldom studied.  ⁃ TN Editor

Scientists have made a discovery that could lead to a revolutionary drug that actually reverses ageing. A team of researchers developed the drug after discovering a key signalling process in DNA repair and cell ageing.

The drug could help damaged DNA to miraculously repair and even protect Nasa astronauts on Mars by protecting them from solar radiation.

A team of researchers developed the drug after discovering a key signalling process in DNA repair and cell ageing.

During trials on mice, the team found that the drug directly repaired DNA damage caused by radiation exposure or old age.

‘The cells of the old mice were indistinguishable from the young mice after just one week of treatment,’ said lead author Professor David Sinclair.

Human trials of the pill will begin within six months.

‘This is the closest we are to a safe and effective anti-ageing drug that’s perhaps only three to five years away from being on the market if the trials go well,’ said Professor Sinclair.

The work has drawn the attention of Nasa, which is considering the challenge of keeping its astronauts healthy during a four-year mission to Mars.

Even on short missions, astronauts experience accelerated ageing from cosmic radiation, suffering from muscle weakness, memory loss and other symptoms when they return.

On a trip to Mars, the situation would be far worse: Five per cent of the astronauts’ cells would die and their chances of cancer would approach 100 per cent.

Professor Sinclair and his colleague Dr Lindsay Wu were winners in NASA’s iTech competition in December last year.

‘We came in with a solution for a biological problem and it won the competition out of 300 entries,’ Dr Wu said.

Cosmic radiation is not only an issue for astronauts. We’re all exposed to it aboard aircraft, with a London-Singapore-Melbourne flight roughly equivalent in radiation to a chest x-ray.

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If anyone was hoping for something about going to Mars, here’s a great overview of the rocket that’s already being constructed and the flight plan.

Jim Reinhart

I am reading your book “Technocracy Rising” and have found it to be a book of ethics that should be read in it’s entirety (something that is true for Adam Smith’s five volume “Wealth of Nations” which is taken out of context every chance the “capitalists” get missing the sections on morals and ethics entirely). The concept of a singularity is disturbing as technocrats can barely show any capability how we should treat one another (“do unto others” appears to be lost on this class of people). To export this distorted sense of unity outside of where we reside now… Read more »