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Immortal Animal?
    #386766 - 03/19/10 11:25 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

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.


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Re: Immortal Animal? [Re: Triptonic]
    #386767 - 03/19/10 11:26 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

I wonder if they're edible. That would put a quick end to that overpopulation thing. Nothing is better at killing and destroying than humans


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Re: Immortal Animal? [Re: Triptonic]
    #386770 - 03/19/10 11:36 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

that is awesome. It is absolutely amazing some of the research that is being done around the world :thumbup:

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Re: Immortal Animal? [Re: Picklez]
    #386772 - 03/19/10 11:38 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

Yeah I thought that was the coolest thing I have read in a while.

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Re: Immortal Animal? [Re: Triptonic]
    #386775 - 03/19/10 11:39 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

yea that thing is cool... i wish i could revert to my polyp stage whenever i wanted


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Re: Immortal Animal? [Re: ShroomieGirl] * 1
    #386778 - 03/19/10 11:42 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

ahhaha I dont know if I want to be a polyp....

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Re: Immortal Animal? [Re: Triptonic]
    #386780 - 03/19/10 11:43 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

:tinfoil: This was just posted over at the other forum I post on.

Pretty amazing though. Its the Phoenix of jellyfish.


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Re: Immortal Animal? [Re: RasJeph]
    #386782 - 03/19/10 11:50 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

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:tinfoil: This was just posted over at the other forum I post on.

Pretty amazing though. Its the Phoenix of jellyfish.





except the Phoenix is a myth :crazy2:

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Re: Immortal Animal? [Re: Picklez] * 1
    #386869 - 03/19/10 01:56 PM (14 years, 30 days ago)

I revert to my polyp stage on the regular.


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Re: Immortal Animal? [Re: Triptonic]
    #386956 - 03/19/10 04:14 PM (14 years, 30 days ago)

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Triptonic said:
ahhaha I dont know if I want to be a polyp....





+1


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Re: Immortal Animal? [Re: Triptonic]
    #387122 - 03/19/10 11:15 PM (14 years, 30 days ago)

What about Vampires?


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Re: Immortal Animal? [Re: FRACTALife]
    #387128 - 03/19/10 11:17 PM (14 years, 30 days ago)

Well I guess if vampires were real.

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Re: Immortal Animal? [Re: Triptonic]
    #387160 - 03/20/10 01:34 AM (14 years, 30 days ago)

Leeches Cells were found to be immortal aswell.

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Re: Immortal Animal? [Re: captain.koons]
    #387175 - 03/20/10 02:25 AM (14 years, 30 days ago)

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ShroomieGirl said:
yea that thing is cool... i wish i could revert to my polyp stage whenever i wanted




ME FUCKING TOO!!!!!!!!!:rofl:

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captain.koons said:
I revert to my polyp stage on the regular.




You must tell me how you accomplish this :yesnod:


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Re: Immortal Animal? [Re: FarBeyondDriven]
    #387438 - 03/20/10 09:04 PM (14 years, 29 days ago)

Since I was twelve I've loved two animals most, jellyfish and seaturtles, this is exactly why I'm getting a jellyfish tattoo'd on my leg.


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Re: Immortal Animal? [Re: The Pschyonaut]
    #387623 - 03/21/10 08:22 AM (14 years, 29 days ago)

Sea turtles are sweet.

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Re: Immortal Animal? [Re: The Pschyonaut]
    #387632 - 03/21/10 08:27 AM (14 years, 29 days ago)

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Since I was twelve I've loved two animals most, jellyfish and seaturtles




Thats funny...because IIRC, sea turtles are one of the only animals that regularly eats those man-o-war jellyfish that everyone hates. :lol:


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Re: Immortal Animal? [Re: RasJeph]
    #387677 - 03/21/10 11:16 AM (14 years, 29 days ago)

Good article.


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Re: Immortal Animal? [Re: FarBeyondDriven]
    #387692 - 03/21/10 11:48 AM (14 years, 29 days ago)

It's a secret.


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