Anti Ageing pill imminent says ‘most influential’ Australian scientist
Extract From Interview. Topic: Anti Ageing Pill
SARAH FERGUSON: It sounds almost like science fiction. Are we really at a point where that pill could exist, could be bought, could be prescribed?
DAVID SINCLAIR: Well we really are. I would say 20 years ago, you might have been, you know, reasonably sceptical that this could be possible. But we found these genes and we’ve changed them in animals. The animals live healthier and longer. We found molecules that we feed to the mice, for example, and they can live 20, 30 per cent longer. So now it’s just a question of: can we do this in humans? And I think it’s a question of when, no longer if.
SARAH FERGUSON: This isn’t just about living longer, is it? It’s about living longer and being healthy?
DAVID SINCLAIR: Exactly. No, the nightmare scenario is making people live longer in a nursing home. That’s absolutely the opposite of what we’re doing here. What we find in our studies, actually, is that the reason these test animals live longer is because they don’t get cancer and heart disease and Alzheimer’s until much later. And so what we’re trying to do is compress those years of sickness down into maybe a few months.