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Immortal Jellyfish: The Only Known Species Known to Live Forever

While the humans have been looking for the elixir of life throughout every period of history, it appears that there is one species of jellyfish that are actually immortal. Turritopsis nutricula, or sometimes – Turritopsis dohrnii, is able to transform its cells from mature state back to immaturity, in other words – back to youth. The medusa leads a regular cycle of life, but after maturing and mating, it reverts back to its initial state – a polyp colony. The process is referred to as “transdifferentiation”, and it basically makes the jellyfish unable to die.

The bell-shaped immortal jellyfish measures up to a maximum of bout 4.5 millimeters (0.18 in) and is about the same in its length and width. Originating in the Caribbean, it has now spread worldwide, and the discovery of its unique ability has heated up many discussions among the scientists. Some claim that their mystery is soon to be solved and applied to humans, while others only expect it to improve the quality of life at our final stages. Either way, knowing that something out there goes back and forth from being young to old to young again, blows your mind!

Sources: wikipedia, NY Times

Image credits: Takashi Murai

Image credits: Yiming Chen

Image credits: Takashi Murai

Image credits: NY Times

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  • Isaac Pinto Halbrook

    Neat-o Torpedo! At very least it is beautiful

  • tucker

    it only lives 150 years

    • Dr.AKrol

      nope u were wrong.! Am a scientist

  • Mayeven Veerasamy

    like in god of war the worse punishment but how many advantages

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  • Saera

    wow, I loved reading about this!

  • Lee Beardsley

    if we was possible to use this genetic purfection to work with cells it would allow humans to be immortal by allowing cells to re-incarnate over and over pernamently allowing use to stay well use forever

    • joeshmoe

      Maybe in your next life you won’t be an illiterate, and learn to spell and write coherently, Dumb Ass

  • madea

    what if i grind it up in my blender will it die then

  • Hot SEXY girl

    if you smashed it with a sword several times than it would die.

  • Daniel Barrick

    I’ve heard that crabs are immortal until you kill and bake them.

  • Brooke

    Aren’t lobsters immortal?

  • Mike

    I’d think if you threw it into a blender it would definitely die, forever.

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