Elizabeth Parrish, CEO of BioViva claims to have undergone her start up biotech company’s anti-aging gene therapy (outside the US to avoid the fact that this is not a FDA approved procedure) and that it has reversed 20 years of aging. Which would make the 45 year old biologically only 24 years old.
You be the judge (see photo). What do I think? That’s a pretty well preserved face for a 45 year old. But not the face of a 25 year old. I’d guess her to be 35-40. But most women can achieve that by just taking care of themselves.
Eternal youth could be one step closer.
A woman from Seattle claims to have become the first human to have become younger using gene therapy.
Elizabeth Parrish, CEO of controversial firm Bioviva, says she has been using her own company’s experimental gene therapies to battle ageing – but not everyone is convinced of the results.
They need to take a women who is unquestionably old and give her the therapy. Or a young woman and see if it returns her to her teenage years.
The 45-year-old Seattle-area woman, who has no scientific or medical training, underwent the experimental treatment last September in an undisclosed clinic in Colombia. The unorthodox, overseas trial, which was designed to skirt US federal regulations, prompted the resignation of one of the company’s scientific advisors. George Martin, of the University of Washington, quit after telling MIT Technology Review, “This is a big problem. I am very upset by what is happening. I would urge lots of preclinical studies.”
Though details of the fast-tracked trial are unpublished, Parrish says it involved intravenous infusions of an engineered virus. That infectious germ carried the genetic blueprints for an enzyme called telomerase, which is found in humans. When spread to the body’s cells, the enzyme generally extends the length of DNA caps on the ends of chromosomes, which naturally wear down with cellular aging. In a 2012 mouse study, Spanish researchers found that similar treatment could extend the lifespan of the rodents by as much as 20 percent.
There is no chance of this being approved any time soon even if it does work. It is kind of ballsy you have to admit to believe in your own treatment to try it on yourself, you have to say.