10 IMMORTAL Organisms

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From bacteria that are four million years old, to a jellyfish that can never die, here are 10 IMMORTAL Organisms !

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We mentioned how bacteria aged some 4 million years was found in a cave in New Mexico. We found a story out of Russia that involves bacteria around 3.5 million years old … and a scientist has been injecting himself with it! Could it provide the key to immortality? Well the scientist, Anatoli Brouchkov (Ah-nah-tol-ee Br-OUCH-kof) claims he’s grown stronger and hasn’t been ill in the two years since taking the injections. The bacteria was found embedded in Siberian permafrost in 2009, where it remained alive for millions of years. Scientists tested the bacteria on mice, which exhibited increased fertility … the bacteria was also shown to heal plants. Because it has activated the immune response in test subjects, experts think the bacteria can lead to discovering an elixir of life … or immortality. While Dr Brouchkov (Br-OUCH-kof) says he’s experiencing increased health benefits after using himself as a guinea pig … he also admits he has no clue just what the bacteria might be doing to him. Would you take the risk?

Flatworms, which live in lakes and ponds could help solve the riddle of immortality. British researchers think the creatures could essentially live forever, due to their ability to repeatedly regenerate. In an experiment at Nottingham University, experts took one original worm, then cut it into pieces … then observed as each section regenerated into an entirely new creature. Over a four-year period, a colony of some 20,000 flatworms was created from the original specimen … and their organs and bodies don't appear to age. Whether the worm is split vertically or horizontally, it will still regenerate into two, separate, living worms. Researchers concluded that unless a single, undivided worm contracts an illness or infection, it could conceivably live forever!

Glass Sea Sponges
These animals might not look so durable … and a lot of people don’t think they look like animals. But their appearance aside, glass sea sponges are estimated to have a lifespan that could approach some 15,000 years! That number is based on a study that estimated the age of one specimen at 23,000 years old. Glass sea sponges are often found in the Antarctic at depths up to 3,000 feet. Their name is a reference to their internal, rigid skeletons made up of silica. Experts think they evolved into their current form over 700 million years ago … and could represent the world’s oldest living animals.

Did you know there’s a mushroom found in China that is said to provide huge health benefits? Maybe that’s not surprising, considering it’s a huge fungus! At its widest point, the Lingzhi (ling-zee) mushroom measures some 3 feet wide … and weighs over 16 pounds! A store owner in southwest China displayed the immense mushroom at his shop. It has a red, kidney shaped cap and no gills on the underside … spores are released through fine pores instead. It’s gained a reputation as the ‘immortality mushroom’, and has been used in traditional Chinese medicines for over 2,000 years. It’s said to contain around 1,000 compounds that are beneficial to your health, such as polysaccharides, known to enhance the activity of white blood cells. That’s among the key ingredients of the Lingzhi (ling-zee) that are said to lower blood pressure, stop the growth and spread of cancer cells … and even slow down the aging process! But the magic of the Immortality Mushroom does come with a price tag. A basic bag of Lingzhi (ling-zee) mushroom powder runs about $30 US dollars. And the entire fungus will set you back around $900 bucks.

Immortal Jellyfish
This small species of jelly lives in the Mediterranean Sea and the waters of Japan … and can apparently live there forever! Turritopsis dohrnii (Tur-ih-top-sis Doe-ern-ee-eye) is a creature around 4.5 millimeters wide … smaller than the nail on your pinky finger. You can see what the creature looks like in these pictures from Takashi Murai and Yiming Chen. You’ll notice the long, thin strand-like tentacles extending from underneath the creature. Those tentacles will retract and the jellyfish will shrink, as it reverts to its juvenile polyp state. You can also see that while the shape of the creature’s bells are similar, their coloration ranges from gold … to crimson and electric blue. Adult forms of this species can hit a type of reset button, allowing them to essentially start their life cycle all over again. The process is called ‘transdifferentiation’ … and would seem to ensure that this animal can never die … unless they’re killed by a predator or stricken with disease. Otherwise, they are, in effect, immortal.

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