A group of scientists from many countries of the world currently works on one of the largest international projects in modern-day science. The goal of the project is to extend the period of human youth.
The biochemical laboratory of Russia’s Southern Federal University joined the project during the test period to find out how the elixir of youth affects the DNA of lab animals.
Vladimir Chistyakov, the senior scientist of the lab, said that academician Skulachev dissipated the energy of a living organism on the molecular level during the 1970s.
“Living cells have their own power plants, which produce by-products in addition to energy. The speed of aging largely depends on those toxic substances. Skulachev created nanoconstructions which penetrated into mitochondrions – the energy-making part of the cell – and destroyed toxic substances. It was some sort of a nanorobot, which was tested on lab rats. It turned out that the DNA of the rodents, which fed on Skulachev’s ions, had a slower destruction process.
“The rats did not suffer from any ailments, they did not lose fur and they maintained the reproductive function throughout their life cycle. They lived longer than their naturally aging “comrades,” although the difference was not striking. They all died of cardiac arrest. This is the riddle that we are working on now. Their bodies were young, but they could not live longer. It would be very sad to die in good health for humans,” the scientist said.
If the project continues to develop successfully the elixir of youth will be tired on humans.