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Immortality found
Posted 3/19/10 , edited 3/19/10
Yeah this actually isn't one of those threads with an amazing title that lets you down. They actually found an animal that doesnt die and is able to revert back to stages in its life at its own will. This has to be one of the most amazing animal finds ever and I strangely haven't heard that much about it. Discuss

http://green.yahoo.com/blog/guest_bloggers/26/the-world-s-only-immortal-animal.html
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Posted 3/19/10
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That sucks.. .____. .. anyway, is this for real?? Wow.. So it never dies.. that must suck
to go through the same thing everyday for ever..
Posted 3/19/10 , edited 3/19/10
haha it did let me down because the link failed!
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shirayukiIce wrote:

Sorry, the page you requested was not found.

That sucks.. .____. .. anyway, is this for real?? Wow.. So it never dies.. that must suck
to go through the same thing everyday for ever..


As a jellyfish, this creature doesn't really have a brain of it's own. Like fishes, their memory erases every 3 seconds. Basically the fish doesn't become tierd or bored of the same area. It thinks wow, this is cool, then snap it forgets everything in an instant.
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JSDHFKJFDHGDKGJDKF Every 3 seconds?? Wtf?!? Then what's the point of them being alive O.o..??
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Posted 3/19/10
Whoa thats so cool! They would make great pets since they never die (assuming you have a tank of saltwater)
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JSDHFKJFDHGDKGJDKF Every 3 seconds?? Wtf?!? Then what's the point of them being alive O.o..??


Fish are great as pets. They don't need any special treatment tbh.
Posted 3/19/10
Cool makes me want to be that jellyfish now lol
Posted 3/19/10 , edited 3/19/10

samachking wrote:

I can't believe I missed this. This is the next step in evolution.

I wonder what would happen if humans don't interfere/exist. Will they become THE dominant lifeform?


This is not the next step in evolution. This is an evolutionary unstable strategy. Evolution has no purpose or target, it is simply selection of replicating genes that give their phenotypes a better chance of replication. Being immortal means you cannot regulate your gene repair properly and minimize mutations or keep up with your neighbouring competition, whether they are parasites or the environment itself or faster replicators within the same species that are competing for your same niche.

This is a cool thing, and I asked a question on this recently on /r/biology. However, in the article the title itself is wrong, there are a couple other immortal life forms. And there is even an entire Genus thats immortal.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydra_(genus)
http://www.biochem.uci.edu/steele/PDFs/Hydra_senescence_paper.pdf

Naming it immortality found is kind of vague. Immortal Lifeform found is better wording. This is not new either.


forelmashi wrote:

interesting..
fully regenerating cells eh? a lot of things can be learned from studying this animal.


Actually I saw a recent documentary on this. Can't recall the name, but there is a gene that works to stop full regeneration or trigging regeneration (I cant really remember). And when regeneration was activated by this gene in mice cancer and mutation rates increased a lot. There are a lot of drawbacks to this mechanism, thats why this gene has been dropped I think. If I find the documentary I'll post it here.

Nvm it was an article. Its a good read

http://www.physorg.com/news187879295.html

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Posted 3/19/10 , edited 3/19/10
This is REALLY old news but nonetheless amazing.

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Posted 3/19/10 , edited 3/19/10
It doesn't seem like immortality at all. Certainly if I came across one I could kill it.

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Posted 3/19/10 , edited 3/19/10
This is an extremely interesting find. Imagine the applications to science this could have.

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Posted 3/19/10
If only their was way to have that power .
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Posted 3/20/10
Jelly fish are awesome.
Do not diss em.
I always wondered how long they could live though...
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Pfffttt.
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