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4 July 2011, JellyBean @ 7:39 am

It might sound strange to look for the fountain of youth in the soil of one of the most mysterious islands in the world – or it might sound like precisely the sort of place eternal life may lie.

As scientists dug up the soil they found it contained what would eventually become a drug known as Rapamycin.

In remarkable experiments, a team of US scientists took skin cells from children with Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome (HGPS), a rare genetic condition in which babies rapidly grow old and die at around 12 years, and turned them healthy again by using rapamycin, known as the “forever young drug”.

If it works to keep sufferers of Progeria from aging, why couldn’t it work on those who were aging at a normal pace?

Now scientists believe the drug could reverse the effects of premature ageing and extend human life by over 10 years.

Could scientists soon unlock the key to living forever?

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