Early Stage: Can this startup stop aging? Give it your stem cells and find out
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Who they are:
What they do: Harvest and preserve your stem cells
Why it's cool: Scientists have been chasing the "fountain of youth" for centuries. Now a startup backed by
"What we're most excited about is the ability to use these cells potentially to treat aging itself," said founder and CEO
In the meantime,
The stem cells are taken from bone marrow -- a process that Clausnitzer says is a simple, 15-minute, outpatient procedure. Then the cells are stored at low temperatures in liquid nitrogen in a facility in
Stem cells are unique because they can morph into a range of different cell types, depending on what the body needs. Once injected into a patient, they can travel to the damaged or sick organ or system and start repairing the tissue. If injected into an aging but otherwise healthy patient, Clausnitzer suspects they may be able to rejuvenate the person's blood, bones and immune system, which could provide a range of benefits. He uses his grandfather as an example -- the elderly man's health deteriorated after he fell and broke his tail bone, but if he had younger bones, that fall might not have caused so much damage.
The service isn't cheap.
There's some evidence that stem cells may hold the key to fight aging, but researchers have a long way to go before they can prove that theory in humans. Scientists recently were able to slow aging in older mice by implanting stem cells into their brains. And some patients have had success treating macular degeneration -- an age-related eye disease -- with stem cells. But others in
"The range of diseases for which there are proven treatments based on stem cells is still extremely small," the
Where they stand: Since launching two years ago,
To learn more visit foreverlabs.com.
What will they think of next?
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Run the numbers:
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