In late April, film icon Molly Ringwald held an "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit. When asked how she has how she had managed to maintain (and, in the opinion of the curious Redditor, improve) her physical appearance as she approaches middle-age, Ringwald responded: "I drink the blood of Kristen Stewart."
That was a playful joke. Now, have some science:
Experiments on mice have shown that it is possible to rejuvenate the brains of old animals by injecting them with blood from the young. [Saul Villeda], who led the work, found that blood from young mice reversed some of the effects of ageing in the older mice..."Do I think that giving young blood could have an effect on a human? I'm thinking more and more that it might," said Villeda.
And just like that, real life became a horror movie.
The Guardian reports that Villeda (a 2012 NIH Early Independence Award winner and University of California San Francisco faculty fellow) and his team "connected the circulatory systems of an old and young mouse so that their blood could mingle." (For another example of attempts at age-rejuvenating blood-mingling, click here.)
But to get serious for a moment, ...