Immortality, thanks to a jellyfish

From polyp to medusa and back. The Jellyfish’s life is circular in all aspects

Could the lowly jellyfish hold the secrets to immortality?

Possibly. Scientists have recently discovered that many jellyfish are made of cells that live much longer than those found in any other organism.

How is this possible? Well my theory is that the telomeres in the DNA are much longer or are much less truncated during cell replication, which leads to longer cell life and improved replication integrity. However, the fact that jellies have very few ‘moving parts’ that wear out is also a valid postulation. They are simple and elegant creatures which possess only what they need to survive. That sounds like a recipe for success to me!


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