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Benjamin Button Jellyfish

immortal jellyfish

I enjoy reading the New York Times so much. Especially when they write about various aspects of aging. This article got my attention, because is even better, it’s about immortality and fighting aging. You have probably heard about the immortal  jellyfish, Turritopsis dohrnii, that instead of dying goes back in time and renews itself to become young again. It’s fascinating. It could give us the clues to make a human being immortal, however I quote:

 You might expect that, having learned of the existence of immortal life, man would dedicate colossal resources to learning how the immortal jellyfish performs its trick. You might expect that biotech multinationals would vie to copyright its genome; that a vast coalition of research scientists would seek to determine the mechanisms by which its cells aged in reverse; that pharmaceutical firms would try to appropriate its lessons for the purposes of human medicine; that governments would broker international accords to govern the future use of rejuvenating technology. But none of this happened.

And this is not the most surprising thing! Do you know how many researchers in the world culture the immortal jellyfish in a lab? Just one. I found this really shocking. There’s only one guy, a Japanese professor Dr. Shin Kubota, who has been keeping a population of  Turritopsis dohrnii in a lab, carefully looking after them and studying them. I believe he is one of the most amazing researchers in the world, because he studies the jelly fish to solve the problem of aging and become immortal. I quote him:

The immortal medusa is the most miraculous species in the entire animal kingdom, I believe it will be easy to solve the mystery of immortality and apply ultimate life to human beings.

That’s the spirit! I believe Dr. Kubota needs all the help in the world to figure out what it is exactly that makes the immortal jelly fish be able to reverse its age backwards. It’s such a shame that he has got no money and no help at all to conduct this kind of research. I understood from the article that other than funding Dr. Kubota needs a molecular biologist and a geneticist to collaborate with to decipher those rejuvenation mechanisms. Anyone interested? Any volunteers? Do I need to say that this is probably the most important research in the history of mankind?



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