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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Fountain of Youth Drugs Are Coming, And Soon

Thanks Gizmodo for bringing this to light!

If you need proof that anti-aging drugs are going to be serious business, you only have to look at today's purchase of Sirtris, a pharmaceutical company dedicated to researching the anti-aging benefits of restricted-calorie diets, by GlaxoSmithKline. The price of the purchase? $720 million. And they plan to make all of that money back and a whole lot more by selling you pills to make you live to 120.

Five years ago, Sirtris president and Harvard professor David Sinclair discovered the molecule resveratrol, which targets the gene activated by restricted calorie diets and extends lifespans. Now, after research has been done on monkeys and other assorted animals, it's nearly time for clinical testing on humans.

The effects of the coming drugs won't be to extend your feeble old age so you're old and helpless for longer. Instead, they'll slow the aging process down completely.

And with every major pharmaceutical company currently pouring money into researching these genes and drugs, the competition is going to be fierce once they hit the market. As Sinclair says, " "It'll be on the market as a diabetes drug. It'll have to sell for $3 or $4 a pill, in order to stay competitive. And once it goes off-patent, companies will be able to make it for pennies. It'll be like aspirin."

Aspirin that keeps you from getting old. Welcome to the future, friends. It's awesome. [Wired Science]

Looks like I wont be needing that "beauty sleep" after all ;)


At 3:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

one thought about restricted calorie i want to live another 40 years if i can never have chocolate cake again or a nice full bodied beer ever again?

At 8:47 PM, Blogger Beano said...

Yes, I agree.

Can you put a price on the taste of fine food as it burst in the mouth. Just ask someone who is on a restricted diet.

But on the contrary if you live long enough you may see wonders that we can not even imagine.

It is a conundrum.

At 9:09 PM, Blogger Andrew said...

Soylent Green!

At 2:13 PM, Blogger Beano said...

Andrew... why do you have to always take it to a dark place?

Actually I thinking tampering with the natural order of things would bring us to a situation that only Will Smith could save us from ala I AM LEGEND.

But seriously Soylent Green? Thats just nasty.
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