The Secret of Immortality

The secret of immortality may be found in water,because researchers have discovered a creature that rejuvenates and never dies.

Turritopsis dohrnii is a jellyfish whose abnormal cycle of development was first observed in 1988 by Christian Sommer, a German marine-biology student of 20 years old. He discovered that the marine creature can rejuvenate and get back to an early stage of life. Basically, this jellyfish never dies.

Nowadays, science has managed to better understand the scientific miracle discovered 15 years ago by the young student. The rejuvenation process of Turritopsis dohrnii is determined by the environmental stress or a physical assault. During the transformation, the body cells change their function, such as a nerve cell can turn into a skin cell (the phenomenon also occurs in humans, with stem cells).

The process of aging in reverse it is not yet understood completely, and James Carlton, a professor of marine sciences at Williams College and the director of the Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program say that the case needs great hydroid experts in order to fully reveal the secrets of  Turritopsis dohrnii.



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