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Volume 3 December, 2011

Can Anything Live Forever?
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Can anything live forever?
Yes. 
We are proud to introduce: the immortal jellyfish. Reproduction by budding occurs in thousands of species, and has gone on with few modifications for half a billion years. What makes the jellyfish Turritopsis nutricula so special is that once it reproduces, it doesn’t die, but transforms itself back into its juvenile polyp state, resembling a stalk with tentacles like a tiny sea urchin. Their adult cells—even their eggs and sperm—melt into simpler forms of themselves, and the whole organism becomes “young” again. Barring any sea-borne dangers, there is no biological reason why it can’t live forever.


We are proud to introduce: the immortal jellyfish.

"Budding" is a form of reproduction that's occurred in thousands of species for 500,000,000 years. What makes the jellyfish Turritopsis nutricula so special? The reason is that once it reproduces, it doesn't die. Instead, it transforms itself back into its juvenile polyp state. Their adult cells--even their eggs and sperm--melt into simpler forms of themselves. The whole organism becomes "young" again.

Barring any sea-borne dangers, there is no biological reason why Turitopsis can't live forever.


 

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