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There can be only one


Turritopsis nutricula, closely related to the jellyfish, may be the only species that has gotten close to immortality.   According to scientists, once the hydrozoa reaches sexual maturity it essentially changes cells replacing old ones with new ones in a process called transdiferrentiation.  This returns it back to a polyp state and therefore allows it to bypass a natural death.

While there are several species of animals that either age slowly or once they reach maturity stop aging I’ve never heard of one being able to reverse/renew its cell growth.  Someone throw that sucker in a blender and make sweet sweet immortality juice. Stat.

  1. Hello Kitty
    January 5, 2009 at 10:08 PM

    Im so inspired, I want this in a mask, a creme and a vitamin!

  2. January 5, 2009 at 10:11 PM

    Nice. I’d like to be immortal, until I die…

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