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Volume 91 Issue 19 | p. 41 | Concentrates
Issue Date: May 13, 2013

Young Blood Heals Aging Hearts

A protein in youthful blood reverses an aging heart condition called cardiac hypertrophy
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE
Keywords: heart, disease

In news that may hearten vampires worldwide, medical researchers have discovered that a dose of youthful blood can rejuvenate an aging heart—at least in mice. Specifically, a protein called growth differentiation factor 11 (GDF11) found in the blood of young mice can reverse a common heart condition in the elderly called cardiac hypertrophy, which often leads to heart failure. To investigate the antiaging compound, a team of researchers led by Amy J. . . .

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