Achieving Immortality – 8 Animals That Might Hold The Key
Living long and forever is something that is a dream of humanity. Movies, literature and folklore, all are rife with stories telling the human struggle to achieve immortality. Today’s list shows 8 such animals which have evolved pretty good to give our rapidly advancing scientific intellect to take some steps, towards ‘prolonging’ the human life, because immortality might really be far-fetched.
No 8. Lobsters
Instead of their cells being damaged in each reproductive cycle, telomerase protects their DNA allowing cells to perfectly replicate and keep the lobster healthy as ever. Unless killed by predators or diseases, they simply get bigger and more fertile over the years. They simply do not deteriorate over time.
No 7. Flatworms
If you take a flatworm and chop it into 100 pieces, you’ll get 100 new fully grown flatworms (with time, of course.)
Biologically know as planarian worms, these flatworms have the ability to maintain the length of their telomere through telomerase (yeah, go google that.). It basically preserves their DNA during each reproduction cycle just like the lobsters. And apart from preserving their DNA, they have a unique healing ability which allows them to grow full muscles, skin and even brain in each part of there body if seperated.
No 6. Giant tortoises
Tortoises never grow old. Forget about regeneration, at hundred years old, a tortoise is almost impossible to tell from a tortoise which is only fifteen.
Adwaita, a giant tortoise, was thought to be 255 years old when he died in 2006. And he died only due to a wound that complicated his liver failure. Well, that is not to dilute the fact that it is almost biologically immortal. Of course, you have to take care of your health, silly tortoise.
No 5. Bowhead Whales
And as it goes, no one has ever found a dead bowhead whale. Usually, large animals tend to live longer than smaller ones, so bowheads can pretty easily live to be around 200 years old. Bowhead whales feed on other ‘whales’, polar bears and 2 tons of planktonic organism each day.