On a daily basis out body cells are dealing with destructive and cell damaging forces. Jason Hope reports that the body will try to repair or destroy issue cells. If it destroys the cells it will use apoptosis, which is a form of cellular suicide. In the event the cells can’t be fully destroyed they will be placed into a state of senescence. Under senescence, cells do not grow and do not gain the potential to become cancerous.
Tissue Repair And Replacement
In various tissues, the body tries to replace any lost cells with stem cells. Exercise can spark the division of stem cells in muscle tissue. During our youth, this process works great, however, as we get older, stem cells are not as good with repairing damaged cells. Additionally, not all tissues have the specialized stem cells, and those tissues hold the lifetime of cells from the very moment of adulthood.
Jason Hope is supporting SENS Foundation as they seek solutions to age-related cell loss. There are a couple of SENS technologies created to fight cell loss and replacement issues. The solutions not only minimize organ rejection, but they also treat and prevent age-related diseases. This breakthrough technology will one day allow physicians to use patient cells to make custom-made cells. After this process go into effect their will be no need for transplants.
Jason Hope reports that both of the new technologies are gearing towards turning the adult cells to embryonic stem-like cells. This new form of cells can change into any body cell it needs to. There would be no genetic defects due to aging or other cell damage. The body would not reject the cells because it was created directly from the patient. Lastly, the physician would have the ability to grow as many cells as needed for the treatment.
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New Technology Details
The first technology uses several procedures that change old cells into a similar embryonic stem cell. Those cells can then be swayed into becoming the type of cell that we need. Finally, the cell would be effective in helping to rebuild aging tissue. Jason Hope reports that some of the mature cells from certain areas in the body can be changed into other cell types without the reprogramming.
The second technology infuses a donor egg with genetic map from the patient to make the embryonic cells. This method would have the cells match the recipient’s genetics. Scientists would still have to put in the work to shift the cell into the type of cell they needed for treatment.