Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Immortal Jelly


There is a species of jellyfish which is able to go back in time and become young again. Read this:

"This species of jellyfish might be the only animal in the world to have truly discovered the fountain of youth. Since it is capable of cycling from a mature adult stage to an immature polyp stage and back again, there may be no natural limit to its life span. Because they are able to bypass death, the number of individuals is spiking. "We are looking at a worldwide silent invasion," says Dr. Maria Miglietta of the Smithsonian Tropical Marine Institute."

I wonder if the jelly has any memory of its previous life? If it would happen for humans imagine your parents got older sooner and then go back to their childhood again and you could see your dad as a little boy call you son/daughter. "No dad you can't have another ice cream", "that's enough mom no more cartoon for today"...

3 comments:

just a peasant said...

Whoa! That's very cool.

Hiva said...

isn't it ;)

Behi said...

Very fascinating! If only the jellyfish had a brain or a more developed nervous system, designing an experiment to test its memory when it gets young again could be an interesting study!;)