Science: Young Blood Contains The Elixir Of Life

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Rather alarming, isn’t it, the US research reported in the journal Nature which suggests old people can be rejuvenated by the blood of the young. It’s a kind of metaphor, really. But it’s not as though the idea is new and I’m not just thinking of the Twilight series. There’s a whole book, by Richard Sugg, on this theme: Corpse Medicine.

The Italian humanist, Marsilio Ficino, was one of several scholars and physicians to think human blood was a veritable elixir of life; he suggested the elderly could restore their vitality by sucking blood from the arms of a healthy youth.

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Let’s pause for a moment while we consider some well-known wrinkled billionaires who may, sometime soon, start showing signs of unexpected vigour…

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