Highlights

  • Researchers have deciphered genome of immortal jellyfish
  • The genome contributes to extending its longevity to the point of avoiding its death
  • Study aims to find out causes of ageing related diseases that concern human beings

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A Jellyfish for immortality is all we need. Do we?

Spanish researchers have deciphered the genome of the immortal jellyfish which contributes to extending its longevity to the point of avoiding its death.

Can humans attain immortality? Is it possible to have a solution to ageing woes? Perhaps it is. At least, what the Spanish scientists have been trying to experiment with.

Spanish researchers have deciphered the genome of the immortal jellyfish which contributes to extending its longevity to the point of avoiding its death.

University of Oviedo in Spain has mapped the sequence of the unique jellyfish hoping that it would help them in deciphering the reason of its long life and finding clues to human ageing.

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In a published study, scientists sequenced Turritopsis dohrnii, also known as immortal jellyfish, with her sister Turritopsis rubra to identify genes that are amplified or have different variant characteristics between the two.

They observed that Dohrnii has variations in its genome that makes it better at copying and repairing DNA.

One Carlos Lopez-Otin, a professor at th Asturian University said the observation is only a way to understand the limits of cellular plasticity that allows some organisms to reverse age.

He added that the study does not aim to achieve the dream of immortality, as some claim, it only aims to find answers to ageing related diseases that concern human beings.

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