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PostFri Mar 19, 2010 10:35 pm » by kentrb


immortal jellyfish.saw this at glp.
http://green.yahoo.com/blog/guest_blogg ... nimal.html

you gotta love nature,shes got it all figured out,lol
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PostFri Mar 19, 2010 10:53 pm » by Kingz


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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.

Bryan Nelson is a regular contributor to Mother Nature Network, where a version of this post originally appeared.
http://green.yahoo.com/blog/guest_blogg ... nimal.html

VERY STRANGE INDEED :think:

Wonder how long it will take for scientists to go crazy and try to take dna sampling for further investigation for some old rich white people to regain their youth :twisted:
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PostFri Mar 19, 2010 10:55 pm » by kentrb


that was my first thought.those sciectists,now what,lol
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PostFri Mar 19, 2010 11:03 pm » by Kingz


fossileyesed wrote:that was my first thought.those sciectists,now what,lol
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can't beat them..... join em :twisted: 8-)
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PostSat Mar 20, 2010 1:35 am » by Lucidlemondrop


That is a very beautiful image.

Soooo otherworldly.....

Bioluminesence underwater is the most fascinating thing I have ever seen in my life.
What a long strange trip it's been..............

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PostSat Mar 20, 2010 1:40 am » by Ridee


excellent find thanks for sharing :)
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