Geron’s (NASDAQ: GERN) Fountain of Youth in a Pill

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Every morning when my feet hit the floor, I’m hit with the cold, hard truth from the cleat of reality. After a good night’s sleep, my body squeaks invariably and groans a bit like the Tin Man without his oil can. Hunched over and achy, it takes me a while to get me going… Working out the kinks reminds me why old folks tend to be a bit on the grumpy side. After all, they don’t call them your “glory days” for nothing. When they are gone, they are gone for good. To make matters worse, I know that at just 47, I’m something of a youngster on the oldster scale. That means the daily contorted limp to the bathroom is one that I might as well get used to. “It’s all downhill from here, kid,” my Pops is quick to remind me. The bright side, he says, is that I’ll be getting my AARP card any day now. This amuses him to no end… Misery, I guess, loves company. It happens to each and everyone one us. The gray hairs start to show up in the strangest of places… In fact the one that grows on my ear turns out to be one of the funniest things my kids have ever seen. Growing at what seems to be an inch a day, it keeps them in stitches nearly every time they look at it. As for me? Not so much… Of mice and men: The search goes on So when I come across the words fountain of youth , I’m ready to take a long, hard drink. Not unlike the Spaniards 500 years before me, I’m willing to search every river, brook, lagoon, or pool in an attempt to reverse the irreversible. Admittedly, it is something of a fool’s errand… Sort of like trying to find the cool, laidback girl back in the day, the fountain is a cruel myth. But that hasn’t stopped scientists from digging for a biological cure that works as well as the fountain. Because let’s face it; if discovered, it would be one of the biggest blockbusters drugs of all time — second only to a cure for cancer. In fact earlier this week, scientists from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston actually managed to do it. They reversed the aging process, albeit only in mice… “These mice were equivalent to 80-year-old humans and were about to pass away,” said Ronald DePinho, co-author of the paper published online in the journal Nature . After the experiment, “they were the physiological equivalent of young adults.” Key to the results was an enzyme known as telomerase , which exists as part of our cellular biology. Telomerase …

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