Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has recently made an investment in Altos Labs, a new company that is looking to extend human life through anti-aging treatments. While other scientists are exploring different strategies, such as gene therapy or tissue transplants, Altos Labs is hoping to make anti-aging treatments more accessible by creating a pill that can be taken. Metformin could be the first authorized anti-aging drug with the potential to not only extend life, but to extend a healthy life. After metformin, other anti-aging drugs may follow.
Rather than treating each age-related medical condition separately, as is currently the case, it is possible to imagine a future where these conditions are addressed together, focusing on multiple aspects of aging. The leading causes of death in the modern world, such as dementia and cancer, are due to aging. Could it be possible to target the aging process so that we can live longer and stay healthier? Investors are also keeping a close eye on Rejuvenate Bio, a startup co-founded by Harvard Medical School professor George Church, according to Market Watch. The company is testing 60 different gene therapies in order to reverse age.
Billionaire Peter Thiel, who hopes to live until 120 years old, is one of the most enthusiastic 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 experiments that found that the muscles, brains, and organs of old mice were partially rejuvenated when they shared the blood of a young animal. On the other hand, younger animals seemed to age faster. Despite this warning from the US government, several US companies still offered blood transfusions to young people for thousands of dollars.
The idea of anti-aging treatments has been around for some time now and has been gaining traction with investors like Jeff Bezos and Peter Thiel. While there are still many questions surrounding these treatments and their efficacy, it is clear that there is a lot of potential for them to revolutionize how we approach aging and extend our lifespans.