When it comes to improving human health, there is a sector of the scientific community that is working non-stop to discover new treatments. There have been some exciting developments discovered in a study that grafted old, human skin onto young mice. The treatments did show some hope when it came to the possibility of human organ and skin rejuvenation. The implications and potential future improvement to human health that these studies hint at are very exciting!
What xenotransplants are showing scientists studying human aging
If you are wondering what, exactly, a xenotransplant is and why it should be of interest to you, keep reading! A xenotransplant is a technique that is used to graft the old skin of a human onto young mice. This procedure allows scientists to study overall aging trends that affect human beings. Certain alterations can then be made that help the scientists conducting the studies to learn new ways to rejuvenate aging human skin and organs.
These studies showed significant improvement in many of the biomarkers of aging in humans. Scientists believe that the results open the window into the knowledge of human aging a bit more. This information can allow scientists and pharmacologists to develop an effective treatment to counteract human aging and some of the illnesses that occur with age.
The study of the effects of these xenotransplants has been mainly limited to the study of the largest human organ, the dermis. Studying the effects of alterations to some biometric markers like VEGF-A has been very enlightening. Utilizing mice in these studies has the added benefit of being usable for pre-clinical studies to test these results. Scientists are encouraged by the rejuvenation of the human skin that has occurred during the xenotransplant studies.
New medications and treatments often begin in this way, with scientific studies performed on laboratory mice. This commonly used practice has often led to exciting developments in the study of aging and human health. It will be fascinating to observe what further information is gleaned from these studies.
Human organ rejuvenation technology may be here sooner than we think! If today’s scientists continue to find innovations such as those outlined in this study, the future may be here before we know it.