SCIENCE!!

May 8th, 2014, 4:59 pm

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Reply TheCatMolloy, May 8th, 2014, 5:05 pm

Odd story, apparently research suggests 'vampire therapy' works. In mice, anyway. Here's the article. It sounds like something the Super Adventure Club Actually Believes, but so far it appears to be real research.



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Reply AnonRob505 (Guest), May 8th, 2014, 9:28 pm

OMG! Master of the art of neko expressions! Face in panel 2 is SQUEE

Reply VictorB, May 8th, 2014, 10:04 pm

cause we all want kids to suck their blood

Reply VictorB, May 8th, 2014, 10:06 pm

come to think about it, if you were to sell Neko ties for cats, I bet you'd make a killing

Reply Eli (Guest), May 9th, 2014, 6:20 am

I've done some previous reading about this research - very interesting. It's not actually young blood that does it, but rather a protein within blood (GDF11) that gets down-regulated with age, as stated within the article you linked. So you could probably have the same effects if you inject GDF11 into 'old' blood, rather than importing the blood of little children.

However it only seems to accelerate healing processes and other beneficial things when organs are fully bathed in the 'young' blood with relatively high concentrations of GDF11. I haven't been able to find a free copy of the article the researchers published yet (and my university doesn't have it in their database yet either), so I can't say much about the researcher's methods and whether they've tried just injecting GDF11 and how that may affect organs and age-related problems. But I'm sure it's something that will be investigated if it hasn't already been.

Science! Pretty neat stuff out there.

Reply NtKGar, May 9th, 2014, 6:55 am

Interesting!

Although even if it's cheap to produce a synthetic GDF11 protein and it's a viable treatment, you're still going to have the 'natural remedies' crowd (who will buy absolutely anything from the 'moustache twirlingly evil' crowd).

Reply ColdFusion (Guest), May 9th, 2014, 1:52 pm

Someone has to say it... SIMPSONS DID IT! SIMPSONS DID IT!

Reply TheCatMolloy, May 10th, 2014, 3:27 am

Season 2, episode 22 'Blood Feud', first aired in 1991!

Reply HwoThumb, May 10th, 2014, 11:33 am

This raises the very very interesting question of WHY THE HELL WOULD YOU INJECT A MOUSE WITH BABY MOUSE BLOOD.

Reply Eli (Guest), May 12th, 2014, 9:09 am

@HwoThumb
Technically they didn't inject the younger mouse's blood into the older mouse. They did something called parabiosis, where the two mice become attached and share a circulatory system. Kinda like Siamese twins. I know it sounds pretty cruel and strange, and why would scientists even think about doing that - but their previous studies revealed that the protein in the young blood had benefits for the heart in the older mouse. But only while it's completely bathed in the young blood.

Thus they have to share a circulatory system so that the older mouse is continually getting the younger one's blood in order to see the effects on the whole body of the older mouse. I'm not 100% sure if parabiosis is reversible, but I would guess that it might be.

Reply Connors, May 19th, 2014, 11:37 pm

Neko you bastard I thought you managed to quit smoking.

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