Russian scientist makes anti-aging breakthrough

Russian biophysicist Alexei Karnaukhov wants to stop our natural aging process with the help of gene therapy, and he successfully completed the first part of his experiment to increase longevity.
Scientist wants to live to 150
Karnaukhov believes that elderly people can be implanted with their own bone marrow cells, as long as they are not in any way damaged. Source: Panthermedia / Vostock-photo

Alexei Karnaukhov is a senior researcher at the Institute of Cell Biophysics, and while he is 55 years old he plans to live another 100 years. His breakthrough using bone marrow cells has the potential to dramatically increase both the longevity and quality of our lives.

Alexei Karnaukhov. Source: Personal archive

In mid-October Karnaukhov used himself as a guinea pig and underwent complex surgery for the sake of his dream. Doctors extracted about 100 milliliters of his bone marrow, which was then frozen and stored in a cryobank. A few years from now Dr. Karnaukhov's cells will be placed back into his body.

"I feel good considering my age and the surgery," Karnaukhov told RBTH.

Cell rejuvenation 

Karnaukhov believes that elderly people can be implanted with their own bone marrow cells, as long as they are not in any way damaged. 

While bio technology does not yet allow us to return the vigor of our youth, Karnaukhov believes his natural treatment will allow his body to retain the vitality of a 50-year-old man. However, he cautions that it is not safe to artificially rejuvenate your own cells; hence, his natural procedure is safer and more effective.

"Artificially activated cells have a large number of genomic errors that may play a negative role and kill the patient, for instance, provoking a tumor," Karnaukhov said. "If we follow my procedure and re-introduce young stem cells with a much less number of errors then they can find their place in the body and produce the necessary amount of high-grade cellular material, gradually restoring an elderly man's health."

30% lifespan increase

Tests on the procedure began about 10 years ago, and in 2013 the first results showed that the average mouse lifespan increased 34 percent.

"The result was very interesting -- reproductive life increased," said Karnaukhov. "In human terms, the female mice gave birth at the age of 60. They were more active and looked younger; their fur became shiny and fluffy. We did not create any special conditions for experimental mice. They lived in a typical vivarium and procreated just like the other animals in the control group."

In 2015, together with his colleagues from the Sechenov Moscow State Medical University, Dr. Karnaukhov launched a project to study the impact of his technology on the maximum life span of mice. While the experiment continues, it's already clear that the increase in the maximum life span will be at least 30 percent. Karnaukhov believes that thanks to its harmlessness, his procedure can be used by anyone.

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