Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has reportedly invested in Altos Labs, a new anti-aging company that hopes to prolong human life. While other scientists follow different anti-aging strategies, such as gene therapy or tissue transplants, taking tablets is much easier. Metformin could become the first authorized anti-aging drug with the ability not only to prolong life, but to prolong a healthy life. Then, after metformin, other anti-aging drugs may follow.
Instead of treating each age-related medical condition separately, as is currently the case, it is possible to imagine a future where these conditions are “treated” together, focusing on multiple characteristics of aging. The leading causes of death in the modern world, such as dementia and cancer, are due to aging. Is it possible to address the aging process so that we can live longer and stay healthier too? Investors are also closely watching Rejuvenate Bio, the startup, co-founded by Harvard Medical School professor George Church, reports Market Watch. The company is testing 60 different gene therapies to reverse age.
Thiel, who hopes to live to 120 years old, is one of the most adventurous advocates of anti-aging therapies. One that caught his attention — though it's not clear if he's tried it — comes from a series of macabre experiments that found that the muscles, brains, and organs of old mice were partially rejuvenated when they shared the blood of a young animal. Younger animals, in return, seemed to grow old. But that didn't stop several US companies from offering blood transfusions to young people for thousands of dollars, until the U.S.
The US intervened, warning consumers that “there was no proven clinical benefit.”.