Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The world's longest living creatures-Turriptosis Nutricula

Turriptosis Nutricula: Immortal

This remarkable jellyfish-like creature tops our list as the world’s oldest living creature in terms of having no natural limit to its life span. The unique species is considered to be the world’s only biologically immortal animal, according to marine biologists at the Smithsonian Tropical Marine Institute in Florida.

A native to the warm salt waters of the Caribbean seas, the animal has been spotted far from its home in Spain, Italy, Japan, and the Atlantic side of Panama in recent times as it is thought they are silently invading the oceans by attaching themselves to ballast water tanks of ships. So what is its secret to anti-aging?

The tiny transparent sea creature, which is about the size of a fingernail, can regenerate its entire body over and over again through a process called trans-differentiation as it is able to turn one type of cell into another.


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