The most active factors in relation to aging are the quest to create genetic treatments to slow aging. The goal of understanding aging in human beings is not only conducting experiments on human beings but also on replica organisms to find genetic variations that affect aging.
Although the research isn't quite ready for humans, it is providing amazing insights into how the body ages. The work suggests that aging is not just a passive wearing down of the body but that there is an active genetic process causing aging.
At birth human beings are endowed with 30,000 active genes and as we age these genes slowly become inactive resulting in a slowing down of bodily functions such as a reduced immunity, slower metabolism, loss of energy and weakened eyesight.
Researchers are beginning to understand the cellular and molecular basics of aging which are raising hope that treatments to significantly slow or reverse aging will soon be available for humans.
The widely publicized age-extending effects of the compound resveratol, found in red wine, are examples of popular studies. Proctor & Gamble skincare companies have launched genome studies in hopes of developing a more powerful youth serum.
The research teams have genetically modified mice in order to reduce the amount of NF-kB in skin cells -- the protein they found that controls various aging processes --- with a simple chemical.
The aging research team applied the chemical and effectively blocked the protein. Furthermore, the team claims that by blocking NF-kB when the organism is quite old it is then basically possible to block the genetic program, 'aging.'"
The skin that was treated with the NF-kB blocking solution became immeasurably pliable and thicker and a series of genetic changes also showed decreased cell aging.
Skin care solutions of NF-kB presently are available for treating inflammatory skin diseases like dermatitis. However it is uncertain if thesee creams are able to deliver a high enough dosage of the NF-kB inhibitor. For the reason that NF-kB has multifaceted functions a higher dosage could potentially lead to unforeseen consequences.
Blocking too much could cause excessive rejuvenation and cause cell proliferation as well as the possibility of causing cancer. Nonetheless, aging researchers are now at the early stages of starting to consider drugs that suppress aging in humans.