‘Immortal’ jellyfish swarming across the world

The Turritopsis Nutricula turritopsis Immortal jellyfish swarming across the worldis able to revert back to a juvenile form once it mates after becoming sexually mature.
Marine biologists say the jellyfish numbers are rocketing because they need not die.
Dr Maria Miglietta of the Smithsonian Tropical Marine Institute said: “We are looking at a worldwide silent invasion.”
The jellyfish are originally from the Caribbean but have spready all over the world.
Turritopsis Nutricula is technically known as a hydrozoan and is the only known animal that is capable of reverting completely to its younger self.
It does this through the cell development process of transdifferentiation.
Scientists believe the cycle can repeat indefinitely, rendering it potentially immortal.
While most members of the jellyfish family usually die after propagating, the Turritopsis nutricula has developed the unique ability to return to a polyp state.
Having stumbled upon the font of eternal youth, this tiny creature which is just 5mm long is the focus of many intricate studies by marine biologists and geneticists to see exactly how it manages to literally reverse its aging process.

Wow! Just imagine the possibilities.
Telegraph

8 thoughts on “‘Immortal’ jellyfish swarming across the world

  1. @nyokki: perhaps my mind resides in too many dark alleys and seedy locales as of late, but I couldn’t help but think of the what such an ability in humans would do to the porn industry and the current social taboos surrounding perceptions of human nudity

  2. @nyokki: Don’t worry. Even if we removed all causes of death associated with aging and disease, most people would only live to be couple hundred years old before they were taken out by a fatal accident. If you look at cause of death statistics, car accidents, drowning, falling off ladders, etc. are still pretty high and it wouldn’t take long for statistics to catch up to most people.

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