Harvard scientists discover protein GDF-11 that reverses heart disease in old mice

old mice heart science

Harvard University scientists that were working with various aged mice and researching heart disease discovered a protein that could reverse aging in human organs.

Dr. Richard Lee, director of regenerative medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Amy Wagers, of the Department of Regenerative Biology at Harvard

The scientists combined an old mouse's blood stream that had heart disease with that of a healthy young mouse using a Siamese twin technique known as parabiosis. They then found that the old mouse's heart started reversing from the disease and becoming a healthier heart.

After which they identified a protein called GDF-11 in young mice bloodstreams. They inserted that protein to the old mice with heart disease and achieved the same positive results.

Scientists published their results in the science journal Cell. The full-text of the paper can be found here.

The interview with the scientists is below:

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