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Posted by abeodbart September 29, 2010 at 7:10 am

There is a Jellyfish whose biology allows it to go from a fully mature Medusa, to its polyp stage and back again indefinitely. TheĀ Turritopsis nutricula is a small jellyfish with an ability so far unique in the animal kingdom. It is the only known jellyfish to have developed the ability to return to a polyp state. Or basically, reverse its life cycle, then grow up again. This process allows the jellyfish to bypass death. In fact, there may be no natural limit to its life span. The process is called transdifferentiation.

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September 29, 2010 at 7:16 am
spiderabc1 says:

Have they started to inject monkeys with it yet?


September 29, 2010 at 7:41 am
MrSyd says:

Jellyfish have all the luck.


September 29, 2010 at 8:10 am
James says:

I need it to bite me like the spider from spider-man, then I will be jelly-man and able to turn into a baby in dangerous occasions.


September 29, 2010 at 8:14 am

Amazing. So could the biological structure be cloned and used on humans? Eternal life? Creepy.


September 29, 2010 at 12:10 pm
Quiche_on_a_leash says:

Most probably this information was gleamed from this TED talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/rachel_sussman_the_world_s_oldest_living_things.html


September 29, 2010 at 12:16 pm
Scott says:

for humans, i can imagine it being quite painful, having bones and all that… but still Jelly-man COOL AS!


September 29, 2010 at 3:37 pm
Carol Bradshaw says:

Heard about this on QI. As Queen once said, “Who wants to live forever?”


September 29, 2010 at 6:58 pm
iLoveDVB says:

Wow, now that is just COOOOOOL! :P


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