Saturday, March 20, 2010

Creature that is MORE FIERCE then you of the day: The only immortal on earth! turritopsis nutricula



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.

3 comments:

Eric Arvin said...

Very interesting

fairviewsue said...

I'll have some of what ever it is having.

onan_mann said...

Well, that's awesome as well as scary... Now why can't the creatures look like the men of SlickItUp.com and the artwork of "Herodotus"?

Wishful thinking.