Scientists discover ‘fountain of youth’ drug
A miraculous ‘fountain of youth’ drug that could extend people’s life spans by more than a decade has been developed by scientists.
The anti-ageing pill was created from a chemical found in the soil of Easter Island – one of the most remote and mysterious places on the planet.
In tests, the chemical increased the life expectancy of animals by a staggering 38 per cent.
Although it is not yet suitable for use on people, researchers say it opens the door to the first generation of longevity pills that actually work.
The drug, called Rapamycin, is currently used to suppress immune systems of organ transplant patients. It is also used in heart operations and is being tested for its anti-cancer properties.
The scientists believe that a safer drug could be developed within a decade.