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Researchers found that a protein in human umbilical cord blood plasma improved learning and memory in older mice, but there's no indication it would work in people.

Blood From Human Umbilical Cords Helps Aging Mice Remember

For more than 10 years, scientists have been experimenting with the bloodstream of young and old rats. In one study, older and younger rats were surgically attached and it was found that the older rats lived longer with the shared bloodstream. This study sparked a decade-long exploration to understand the effects of material transplanted from young bodies to old bodies and its potential to rejuvenate the older ones. In a…

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Review: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

  The HBO film “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” brings to light the contributions made to medicine by one lowly African American woman’s cells in 1951  – unbeknownst to her or her family. The first cells to grow outside the human body, and subsequently dubbed “HeLa” cells, hers was a contribution that has helped advance medical research, develop medications for a variety of illnesses and diseases, and launch the multi-million…