The turritopsis nutricula species of jellyfish is the only known animal that can bypass death. This unique jellyfish is capable of cycling from its adult stage to its original polyp stage and back again, making its lifespan virtually never ending. These death-cheating jellies are slowly increasing in numbers are being found all around the world in what scientists are referring to as a “worldwide silent invasion.”
The only animal in the world to have discovered the fountain of youth.
“The key lies in a process called transdifferentiation, where one type of cell is transformed into another type of cell. Some animals can undergo limited transdifferentiation and regenerate organs, such as salamanders, which can regrow limbs. Turritopsi nutricula, on the other hand, can regenerate its entire body over and over again. Researchers are studying the jellyfish to discover how it is able to reverse its aging process.”
Photo by Peter Schuchert.