As we grow older, we begin to experience senescence, or cell death. The melanin that once forced our skin to be taught and colorful has gone and left a dry wrinkled mess in its place. The well-known hormone, cortisol, that once allowed us to experience normal flight or fight syndrome has begun to run rampant, why is this? Why do we begin to fall apart in such unusual ways? Perhaps, like other species, humans were only meant to do one thing and that is reproduce. A mother octopus gives up her life for reproduction so her babies may outlive her. But why not live longer? Seems that if only the melanin in our skin would stick around, and the cells in our body would continue to produce fresh copies, we could live forever. That’s the dream behind peptide perfection.
Though several studies have shown peptides have a significant role in the development of changes in biochemical processes, the map is still difficult to read. Essentially the right peptide should be absorbed, at a certain percentage into a living being, (our test subject). After absorption, the peptide is “active” and its active ingredients are used to release hormones. These messengers race throughout the circulatory system turning on different “machines.” Some machines are specialized proteins which assemble complex compounds such as melanin, or cortisol, and ECT. The active ingredients are then introduced and a change happens in our subject.
Observing Active Evolution
Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species states that any significant change to the genotypic make-up of an organism in favor of fitness, constitutes evolution. Well, by introducing an active change in the biochemistry of our subject we are, in a small manner, creating a form of evolution. Some of these incredible compounds are capable of altering RNA strands, allowing for a replication of change. However, most of the peptides we give to our subject will only induce non-permanent changes. In order to see such changes again, we’ll need to continue uptake of peptides to our test subject.
Can We Live Forever?
Peptide perfection is a long way away, and no peptides are viable for human consumption as of 2022. However, testing continues at a steady rate. We now know more than we ever have about these complex biochemical changes, so we may not be far away from regenerating our skin, slowing or preventing senescence. There are many factors that cause death. But perhaps soon, we may be able to prevent a few.