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Graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C. with a degree in microbiology and minors in both chemistry and psychology. He also studied genetic engineering in grad school.
Was a research assistant at the National Cancer Institute at the world famous NIH - National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland
As described in the Nature Medicine paper, Villeda and his colleagues physically connected the circulatory systems of old mice to young mice via surgery that stitched their abdominal cavities together. Over time, elderly mice tethered to young mice sprouted more new connections between nerve cells in their brains than did controls tethered to other elderly mice. Senior mice invigorated by their juniors' blood also produced proteins associated with neuroplasticity—the ability of the brain to reorganize itself in response to experience. The young mice were 3 months old; the elderly mice were 18 months old.
While the ingredient in the young blood responsible for these effects is still unknown, a clue was provided when the scientists heated the plasma before injection, and no such benefits were seen. Since proteins are deactivated by heat, the results are consistent with the relevant circulating factor being a protein.
"When I first heard this story from Tony Wyss-Coray, I thought it was absolutely amazing," said Tanzi. "I thought it was too good to be true." Now that two additional papers have come out in Science with similar findings, and all three papers are by well-respected labs, "now you have to believe it's real," he said.
Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed of Hungary was such a prolific serial killer she has been termed "The Blood Countess". Her vampire-like tendencies - especially bathing in the blood of young women to supposedly keep her skin young - became folklore. Virginal blood is not going to prevent wrinkles - even Joe Mercola would not try to sell that as a remedy - but researchers say something — or some things — in the blood of young mice can restore mental capabilities in old mice. Will it hold true for humans? If so, poor kids need to watch out. Wealthy elites will find a way to make it government policy.