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Can we reverse the ageing process by putting young blood into older people? | Ian Sample

A series of experiments has produced incredible results by giving young blood to old mice. Now the findings are being tested on humans. Ian Sample meets the scientists whose research could transform our livesOn an August morning in 2008, Tony Wyss-Coray sat in a conference room at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Palo Alto, California, waiting for his lab’s weekly meeting to begin. Wyss-Coray, a professor of neurology at Stanford University, was leading a young group of researchers who studied ageing and neurodegeneration. As a rule, the gatherings were forgettable affairs – the incremental nature of scientific progress does not lend itself to big surprises. But a lab member scheduled to speak that day had taken on a radical project, and he had new results to share.Saul Villeda, an ebullient PhD student with slick black hair and a goatee, had spent the past year engrossed in research that called to mind the speculative medical science of the middle ages. He was investigating whether the old and frail could be rejuvenated by infusions of blood from the young. The hypothesis was not as absurd as it might sound. Continue reading...

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Australian footballer Adam Goodes finally speaks out over racist booing

It is a controversy that has engulfed Australian sport — the racist booing of the Australian football (AFL) player, Adam Goodes. There have been think pieces, opinion pieces, negative pieces, support pieces, Shane Warne saying something, and a massive fan movement to show Goodes that Australia does care The saga began after the Sydney Swans player, who is Indigenous, got sick and tired of being booed while playing football, and decided to take a one-match break from the game See also: Racists slammed after crowd boos Australian Indigenous footballer The move drew attention to the racist undertones that still exist in Australian sport and life, and created a nationwide discussion about Indigenous issues. The conversations were lengthy but worthwhile, and Goodes remained out of the media spotlight as they took place. Read more...More about Football, Australia, Us World, and Adam Goodes

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