BioViva Funds Research for Aging Vaccines
BioViva USA is funding researchers at Rutgers University to develop anti-aging and regenerative therapies. Short term, the aim is to extend the lifespan of primary human cells and organoids, as well as of aged mice. The long-term goal is to establish a platform for clinical trial studies using a novel human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) as a vector and to develop a multi-gene therapeutic aging vaccine.
“This research is poised to develop a new class of vaccines and redesign how we treat aging, making it easier for people to stay healthy longer,” says Elizabeth Parrish, CEO of BioViva. "Over 100,000 people die of aging every day, and hundreds of millions suffer from chronic disease. This vaccine has the potential to forge a better way forward, with less suffering."
“The proposed research has great implication for people and governments all over the world seeking a cost-effective preventive solution for all the major diseases of aging,” adds Rutgers professor Hua Zhu. “If our project succeeds, it could lead to clinical trials to test the therapeutic potential of recombinant virus expressing multiple anti-aging factors."
While this shouldn’t lead to unrealistic expectations, the very fact that scientists are speculating on anti-aging vaccines is encouraging.
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Two compounds in coffee could slow brain degeneration. Scientists at Rutgers University have found a compound in coffee that may team up with caffeine to fight Parkinson's disease and Lewy body dementia -- two progressive and currently incurable diseases associated with brain degeneration. A research paper published in PNAS suggests that combining EHT (Eicosanoyl-5-hydroxytryptamide) and caffeine may become a therapeutic option to slow brain degeneration.
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