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Extension of Human Lifespan: Anti-Ageing Compounds through the use of AI

Researchers are looking for anti-aging drugs using artificial intelligence. They want to find compounds that can repair or prevent cellular damage which could make us live longer, healthier lives. If they’re successful, we might start seeing 140 year old people in the next 50 years!

A major risk factor for many conditions, ageing is the process of gradually losing one’s physical strength. This gradual loss has been found to cause cancer and cardiovascular diseases in addition to neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s.

Aging is a natural process of the body that we are all subject to. The goal of many researchers is to manipulate this process in order to extend human life expectancy by slowing down or even reversing the aging process.

Researchers at the University of Surrey have developed a novel artificial intelligence model that identifies chemical compounds which promote healthy aging. This AI is paving the way towards pharmaceutical innovations, increasing life expectancy and promoting healthier living for our society’s continued success.

To help researchers understand how compounds affect the lifespan of Caenorhabditis elegans, a team from Surrey built an AI model based on DrugAge database information to predict whether or not it can extend life in this translucent worm species with similar metabolism and shorter lifespans as humans.

The AI analyzed the compounds in this study, and found three that have an 80% chance of increasing lifespan! These are anti-oxidant pigments (flavonoids), fatty acids like omega 3s, and organooxygens.

Ageing is a major health, social and financial challenge, characterised by the deterioration of the physiological processes of an organism

“Ageing is increasingly being recognized as a set of diseases in modern medicine, and we can apply the tools of the digital world, such as AI, to help slow down or protect against aging and age-related diseases. Our study demonstrates the revolutionary ability of AI to aid the identification of compounds with anti-aging properties.”

said Sofia Kapsiani, co-author of the study and final year undergraduate student at the University of Surrey.

In Conclusion

In it’s conclusion, the reports says “Pharmaceutical interventions that modulate ageing-related genes and pathways are considered the most effective approach for combating human ageing and age-related diseases. Widely used strategies for identifying active compounds include screening existing drugs with potential anti-ageing properties.”

Visit https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-93070-6#Sec15 to read the scientific report

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Ageing is a major risk factor for many conditions including cancer, cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases. 

 

Another question to ask is, will it be possible for humanity to live indefinitely or at least until death occurs naturally?

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