Fountain of Youth? An Anti-Aging Breakthrough

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An anti-aging discovery at the prestigious Mayo Clinic could affect everything from wrinkles and sagging to Alzheimer's disease and dementia.



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Fountain of Youth? An Anti-Aging Breakthrough

LESTER HOLT, anchor:

Back now with a breakthrough discovery by scientists at the prestigious Mayo Clinic, being hailed as potential game changer. In the race to turn back the clock, scientists say the fountain of youth could lie in cutting-edge treatment to help fight everything from wrinkles and sagging to ailments that come with old age. We get the details tonight from NBC's Mara Schiavocampo.


The business of youth. One that includes thousands of products...

Unidentified Woman #1: Think I'm trying to look as good as I possibly can.

SCHIAVOCAMPO: ...procedures and even surgery, all to turn back the clock.

Dr. CHERYL KARCHER (Sadick Dermatology): It's amazing what's happened in the last 10 and 15 years. I mean, technology's taken it to a whole new level.

SCHIAVOCAMPO: It's all a big moneymaker. The market for anti-aging products in the US is about $80 billion, and is expected to almost double by the year 2015. And now what may be the most intriguing development in years. It comes from the famed Mayo Clinic, where researchers have found that cleansing the body of certain cells can delay those pesky markers of aging like wrinkles and sagging and possibly be used to postpone age-related diseases like Alzheimer's and dementia. The experiment was done with these two mice. While they look different--one's scrawny and haggard, the other plump and vibrant--they are the same age.

Dr. JAN VAN DEURSEN (Mayo Clinic): What we've done here is identify a group of cells that really seem to contribute to age-related diseases, and that if you work to remove those, clear them, that that would have some health benefits without having too much health risks.

SCHIAVOCAMPO: It's a far cry from remedies of centuries past: eating organs of young animals, getting transfusions of blood from younger men, searching for a fountain of youth. But anti-aging experts say this latest discovery could be a real breakthrough, not by extending life but youth.

Dr. NORMAN SHARPLESS (University of North Carolina School of Medicine): This work is--it predicts a model of aging that we can do something about, that we can--that has a--suggestions for how to treat it in people.

SCHIAVOCAMPO: Similar research hasn't been started in humans yet, but just the prospect of a real remedy for aging is enticing.

Unidentified Woman #2: There's a lot of people who are baby boomer age who'd love to hear something like that.

Unidentified Woman #3: I think it's amazing. That way you know--because I already have wrinkles myself.

SCHIAVOCAMPO: So while it's often said that youth is wasted on the young, this research suggests that may not be true much longer. Mara Schiavocampo, NBC News, New York.