Scientists Explore Ways To Reverse Gray Hair And Aging
A new discovery has been explained by George Church, a professor from Harvard University, who said earlier this month that he can cure aging, according to the Washington Post.
"A scenario is, everyone takes gene therapy - not just curing rare diseases like cystic fibrosis, but diseases that everyone has, like aging," he said, noting that while mice tend to live for two to three years, bowhead whales live to be 180 or 200 years.
"One of our biggest economic disasters right now is our aging population. If we eliminate retirement, then it buys us a couple of decades to straighten out the economies of the world," he added. "If all those gray hairs could go back to work and feel healthy and young, then we've averted one of the greatest economic disasters in history."
Just two years ago, scientists from Bradford University found that building up hydrogen peroxide in hair follicles is the culprit in greying hair. It made the hair "bleach itself from the inside out", according to HNGN.
The discovery was made when scientists searched for a remedy for the skin disease vitiligo.
"For generations, numerous remedies have been concocted to hide grey hair but now, for the first time, an actual treatment that gets to the root of the problem has been developed," said Gerald Weissman, FASEB Journal editor-in-chief.
"While this is exciting news, what's even more exciting, is that this also works for vitiligo," he added. "This condition, while technically cosmetic, can have serious socio-emotional effects on people. Developing an effective treatment for this condition has the potential to radically improve many people's lives."
University of Tsukuba researchers in Japan could reverse aging in old cells and turn them into new ones, according to IFL Science.
Even though it is not a promise of reversing the aging process, it still holds a tiny window of promise for the future.