Article Turritopsis nutricula

Published on March 1st, 2013 | by Dan Walsh


Can a Jellyfish Unlock the Secret of Immortality?

This article combines two of my all-time favorite topics: weird animals and immortality. Shin Kubota studies the Turritopsis jellyfish and believes it holds the key to immortal life.

 “The mystery of life is not concealed in the higher animals,” Kubota told me. “It is concealed in the root. And at the root of the Tree of Life is the jellyfish.”

These jellyfish will die, decompose into a blob, and then become a baby jellyfish again. This is wild, wild stuff.

Read: Can a Jellyfish Unlock the Secret of Immortality? by Nathaniel Rich


Image: Takashi Murai

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