Facts to amaze the world

Many people wish for eternal life. There is a creature living in the Mediterranean Sea that provides an interesting example of this. Did you know that...

  • … the jellyfish "Turritopsis nutricula" is a fountain of youth?
  • ... even though it only measures 5 millimetres in size?
  • ... in its old age, this jellyfish can completely regenerate its cells rather than dying?
  • ... during this process, the cells lose the function that they performed up to that time and return to their initial state?
  • ... "Turritopsis nutricula" can repeat this process as many times as it likes?
  • ... this jellyfish can therefore live forever, just as long as it is not eaten or dried out on land?
  • ... Scientists are undoubtedly working under a lot of pressure to crack its genetic code?
  • ... they are doing this in order to see how the cells are able to simply reverse the ageing process?

Sources:http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/mensch/biologie-ewiges-leben-a-15181.htmlhttp://www.bz-berlin.de/artikel-archiv/die-qualle-die-ewig-lebt