90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science

Studies: Young Blood Rejuvenates Old Mice

Biologist Amy Wagers of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute says old mice injected with a synthetic version of a protein found in large quantities in young animal blood showed an increase in muscle and brain function. (Novartis AG/Flickr)

Biologist Amy Wagers of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute says old mice injected with a synthetic version of a protein found in large quantities in young animal blood showed an increase in muscle and brain function. (Novartis AG/Flickr)

Three new studies find that the blood of young mice can have rejuvenating effects on the brains and muscles of elderly mice. Scientists from Harvard and Stanford University used blood from young mice to see how it would affect old mice.

Biologist Amy Wagers of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute used a synthetic version of a protein found in large quantities in young animal blood. She tells Here & Now’s Robin Young that old mice injected with this protein showed an increase in muscle and brain function.

Guest

  • Amy Wagers, biologist at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute.

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

October 17 Comment

Toll Lanes: Coming Soon To Almost Every Major City In Florida

Reporting by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting found the toll lanes are developed without much public input, and without reliable knowledge of the cost.

October 17 Comment

USAID: Challenges And Small Victories In Liberia

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 4,500 people in the region with an estimated 8,900 more people currently infected.

October 16 3 Comments

Kathy Gunst Thinks Fall Greens

Now that summer has turned to fall, we start bidding adieu to the summer corn and say hello to fall greens.

October 16 Comment

‘Alternate Routes': Tradition And Change In Utah

Rachel Rohr's dispatches from Utah, where young people are confronting same-sex marriage and other conflicts between change and tradition.