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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Immortal Animal?

Most of you have already seen this but for those who haven't check this out, the immortal jellyfish.


The turritopsis nutricula species of jellyfish may be the only animal in the world to have truly discovered the fountain of youth.
Since it is capable of cycling from a mature adult stage to an immature polyp stage and back again, there may be no natural limit to its life span. Scientists say the hydrozoan jellyfish is the only known animal that can repeatedly turn back the hands of time and revert to its polyp state (its first stage of life).
The key lies in a process called transdifferentiation, where one type of cell is transformed into another type of cell. Some animals can undergo limited transdifferentiation and regenerate organs, such as salamanders,which can regrow limbs. Turritopsi nutricula, on the other hand, can regenerate its entire body over and over again. Researchers are studying the jellyfish to discover how it is able to reverse its aging process.
Because they are able to bypass death, the number of individuals is spiking. They're now found in oceans around the globe rather than just in their native Caribbean waters.  "We are looking at a worldwide silent invasion," says Dr. Maria Miglietta of the Smithsonian Tropical Marine Institute.


Scary stuff huh, imagine the whole ocean just teeming with these bad boys not something i want. Anyway cya later guys



36 comments:

snooby said...

wow i wonder if there are any other animals like that in the ocean.

Twiggy said...

That's intense! New shit is being discoved all the time, it's crazy.

trollemang said...

wow, neat to read about

River said...

I wonder how old some of those things are.

rbs said...

say whaaaat? The ocean just gets weirder and weirder. Glad I live inland.

Michael Casspir said...

Wow, that's a new way of considering one's own mortality.

I wish I was a Jellyfish, now...

MVTM said...

*hug*

Janus Kane said...

Goddam mate, it's so very close... We're already working on the amphibian trans-differentiation with human DNA.. The possibilities blow my mind. Awesome find mate, great post.

-JKane

Crunky said...

So i says to the jellyfish Oh hai, are you immortal and he said yeah and i squished him.

Oops.

Commsky said...

This is by far my favorite news of the day, i hope scientists figure this jelly out :)

gamefreak3335 said...

wow crazy!

Sadistic said...

Yeah I'd like to see how long the oldest one of them has been around

Michele said...

Cool post!:D
Supp

peedewba said...

lolz jellyfish jellyfish

Stav88os said...

Cool Story Bro!;)

Djoni Vejn said...

ohh, very nice pic :)

ChaosReaper said...

EXTRACT THE IMMORTAL LIFE GENE!!

Swarmster said...

Great post, showing some love, keep it up =)

Brandon said...

wow just wow .... imagine what we can learn from this!!!

Jaceta said...

What Im waiting for is scientist's to reverse engineer the transdifferentiation and allow humans to turn back the clock to any point in time in their life.

Maxxy said...

very nice wild life,

keep it upp

RoodNverse said...

spongebob should be happy when the ocean is full of em , it well make up for the bp oil spill ? and thats cool i like the deep sea, scientist hardly even explored the tip of it yet

momo said...

woah crap

brbgensokyo said...

There's all sorts of crazy things living deep in the ocean, we find new ones all the time

Fuuuuuuuu said...

Thanks for the comments on my last Step Back Fadeaway blog post.

Fuuuuuuuu said...

Thanks for the comments on my last Step Back Fadeaway blog post.

hunter time said...

thats crazy i but i dunno if i want to do that. i like being a grown up if you know what i mean

Anonymous College Student said...

looks amazing.

peedewba said...

THEIR CALLED PHOENIX WHEN I DIE I INSTA LIVES AGAINS

Chris said...

As long as people don't figure out a fountain of youth, I'm fine.

Themensquarters said...

watch the sting :P

Missquad said...

never swimming in the ocean again

HonBlogger said...

jellfish are amazing, one of my fav creatures

Lewis Candler said...

i wish i could be immortal

loloriz0r said...

Gimme dat DNA!

:B

jj_srk said...

holy shit that thing is creepy