Jellyfish scientist claims immortality could be coming soon

acd75becce4d77f3fc21fd183a8b884b

Humans will be immortal if we can solve the mystery of a regenerating jellyfish, claims the scientist leading research into the species. “Once we determine how the jellyfish rejuvenates itself…my opinion is that we will evolve and become immortal ourselves,” Dr. Shin Kubota of Kyoto University told the New York Times Wednesday.

The Turritopsis Nutricula, or ‘Immortal Jellyfish’, is the only multi-celled creature that does not die after reaching maturity, instead returning to a youthful state. It can regenerate itself if it is violently killed, and reproduce by itself. Dr. Kubota believes he has isolated the key to the animal’s unique ability in its tentacle cells, and that in 10-20 years it will be fully understood, and transferable to people.

Scientists agree the jellyfish can have great benefits for humanity. “These cells are in our body but dormant when we need them,” Dr. Matthias Obst, a biological scientist at Gothenburg University who studied the species, told Metro. “The toolkit is the same, it’s a case of finding the gene that switches on the protein that regenerates.”

This would make human organs stronger and resistant to cancer. “It has a lot of potential to extend the lifespan of tissue, if not make it immortal,” Obst claims, suggesting a difference of “hundreds of years.”

The implications of such extended lifespans are already being studied at the British Future of Humanity Institute. “I don’t think overpopulation will be a serious challenge,” researcher Dr. Stuart Armstrong told Metro, anticipating a limit on new children. “If we solve ageing by improving cell performance there will be little adjustment – it will be similar people in a similar society. The only problem could be that immortality is less exciting when we actually have it.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Girl, 10, dies after being pulled from water…

A 10-year-old girl died after being pulled from the waters off Coney Island Beach in Brooklyn on Tuesday night, police said.

News

NY judge throws out lawsuit by Empire State…

A New York state judge has thrown out a lawsuit in which longtime investors in the Empire State Building claimed they were shortchanged out of hundreds of millions of dollars…

Local

Mysterious white flags appear over Brooklyn Bridge

Two white flags mysteriously appeared over the towers of the Brooklyn Bridge yesterday in place of the American flags that are a traditional fixture.

National

Judge sets January start for murder trial of…

By Elizabeth BarberBOSTON (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be tried in January for the murder of semi-professional football player Odin…

Television

'Pretty Little Liars' recap: Season 5, Episode 7,…

Drunk girls and ghost brownies: here’s your weekly ‘Pretty Little Liars’ recap by way of Q&A. Q: do they really not check for feet under…

Arts

Don't miss 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' at the…

Have you been meaning to see "Charles James: Beyond Fashion"? There are only two weeks left to get to the Met and catch this amazing American fashion designer's collection.

Television

Zac Posen talks 'Project Runway' and what it…

We talked to Zac Posen, judge and designer extraordinaire, about the new season of "Project Runway" and what keeps him coming back after three seasons.

Television

'Face Off' contestant David 'DOC' O'Connell sounds off…

David "DOC" O'Connell tells us about getting cast on Season 7 of Syfy's "Face Off," premiering tonight at 9.

NFL

David Tyree hiring has gay rights advocates angry

Former Giants Super Bowl hero David Tyree will re-join the franchise as its new director of player development.

NFL

Ben McAdoo's new offense has Giants excited to…

Even Tom Coughlin feels he has a lot to learn about offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s new offense, which makes the veteran coach very excited.

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: A's, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers lead…

MLB Power Rankings: A's, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers lead pack

NFL

2014 NFL season betting odds: Which team will…

2014 NFL season betting odds: Which team will win Super Bowl?

Tech

Learn Braille with these gloves

U.S. scientists have designed high-tech gloves to help users understand Braille in a matter of minutes.

Home

5 New Ikea products that will change your…

We round-up the latest must-have products.

Food

Recipe: Wolfgang Puck's Buttermilk French Toast

We recently spent some time chatting with restauranteur/celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck at his Wolfgang Puck American Grille in the Borgata in Atlantic City. Puck wanted…

Style

Go retro with your sneakers

The best of wacky new sneakers.