Scientists at Harvard University and the University of New South Wales believe they have found a molecule that could be important to the health and survival of astronauts traveling to Mars – and could actually reverse aging and keep humans young forever.
Amazingly, the answer is a simple enzyme. So when the scientists had mice drinking water with this enzyme, the cells of the mice stayed young. After one week of this treatment, the treated mice showed improved kidney function, regrown fur, and the ability to run twice as fast as the mice who were untreated.
This is a huge deal for NASA because astronauts know that hanging around on Mars will be at a huge risk of cancer because of radiation.
But if they can drink something to keep their cells safe, the astronauts might just survive the adventure. (NY Post)