This may appear gross but older mice appear to be energized like their younger counterparts after receiving blood from young humans.
This was found out by researchers when a couple of teens agreed to donate blood samples and have these injected in older mice. The subjects were one-year-old mice but this age is comparable to 50-year olds among humans.
The mice were consistently given these blood samples twice a week within a three-week period. The scientists believe that the blood plasma triggered and increased energy among the mice.
The team then compared the subjects with their younger and older counterparts which aren’t part of the experiment. Notably, the subjects acted as lively and energetic as their younger counterparts, running and scurrying around like very young mice.
Aside from the mice’s improved mobility, it appears that their mental abilities have also spiked.
The same subjects were left in a special maze for assessing learning among rodents. It was found out that they were able to navigate themselves through the maze with much ease just like young mice.
A neuroscience and cell biology expert confirmed that blood plasma from young humans seems to have improved learning and memory among the subjects.
Blood plasma is made up of different proteins but as time passes, these tissue-energizing proteins disappear. Moreover, molecules that trigger inflammation starts to surface, damaging and killing cells in the process.
At present, the team won’t disclose any clues as to what these proteins are but they pointed out that their presence could also affect how the brain functions.
Brains of subjects as well as their counterparts which didn’t receive human plasma were compared side by side. The team noticed that the subjects had increased levels of new nerve cells.
New nerve cells are created via a process referred to as neurogenesis. This process is vital for brain functions such as learning and memorizing. Plasma from young humans tends to boost the process, nearly doubling the normal levels of new nerve cells.
One of the goals of this experiment is to find out one day if this procedure will have the same physical and mental improvements among humans.
Ultimately, it is hoped that it could lead to treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and other ailments which involve human brain neurons.