Rejuvenation of Immune Function is One of the More Important Outcomes to Engineer through the Treatment of Aging

One would hope that it does not require an ongoing pandemic and related hysteria to point out that old people have poorly functioning immune systems, and thus suffer disproportionately the burden of infectious disease. But perhaps it does. The 2017-2018 seasonal influenza, a modestly more severe occurrence of something that happens every year, killed something like 60,000 people in the US alone, with little notice or comment. There is nothing so terrible that it won't be accepted - ignored, even - if it is normal. Floodgates of funding for infectious disease research and development have been opened in response to COVID-19, and while no doubt all too little of it will be spent wisely or usefully (public funding being the very definition of waste and corruption) it has certainly prompted many groups to try to position themselves to benefit. Those who have, all along, been working on ways to try to make older people more resilient via improvement in their immune function are perhaps more deserving than others, but it really isn't the case that much of this work is closer than five to ten years away from practical realization and completed human trials. Of the ways to restore immune function in the old, the worst are the small molecule drugs that show signs of adjusting metabolism in the right direction. For example, the mTOR inhibitors that just failed a phase III trial for reducing influenza incidence in the old. Better drug or drug-like approaches are those that...
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It is widely appreciated that old people have a poor time of it when it comes to infectious disease. Seasonal influenza kills tens of thousands of older people every year in the US alone. The aged immune system functions poorly, and vaccinations for many conditions have low success rates in older people. Thus the vast majority of COVID-19 deaths are old people exhibiting immunosenescence. Given that the world at large seems to be entirely accepting of the yearly toll of influenza, while COVID-19 is classed as an apocalypse of some sort, one has to wonder how much of the hysteria surrounding COVID-19 stems from the rare - b...
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