The whole history of man is crossed by the search of elixir of eternal youth. From the medieval times up till now, there’s always been someone that tried to find, with “whatever kind of potion”, a solution.
Now, in 2016, something may have come out.
Three European institutions, UCL Institute of Healthy Ageing, the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, have developed a pill that could extend human life expectancy. The tests that have been conducted so far on insects and they have produced very encouraging results.
More precisely, the drug was tested on fruit flies and there has been an extension of life up to 16%.
In specific it is a pill in lithium able to block a protein called GSK-3, which has the task of triggering the process of aging. If it were possible to inhibit this protein, life could be extended by at least 10 years, according to the scientists.
A pill like that, if subsequent trials are successful, could also be used to prevent neurodegenerative diseases associated with aging such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes, cancer and Parkinson’s.
However, there are obvious questions on a vast part of scientists, since the drug has not yet been tested on more complex organisms.