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    A creature that lives forever

     

    Surprising diversity in aging revealed in nature

     

    In our youth we are strong and healthy and then we weaken and die - that's probably how most would describe what ageing is all about. But, in nature, the phenomenon of ageing shows an unexpected diversity of patterns and is altogether rather strange, conclude researchers from The University of Southern Denmark.

     

    Not all species weaken and become more likely to die as they age. Some species get stronger and less likely to die with age, while others are not affected by age at all. Increasing weakness with age is not a law of nature.

     

    Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark have studied ageing in 46 very different species including mammals, plants, fungi and algae, and they surprisingly find that there is a huge diversity in how different organisms age. Some become weaker with age – this applies to e.g. humans, other mammals, and birds; others become stronger with age – this applies to e.g. tortoises and certain trees, and others become neither weaker nor stronger – this applies to e.g. Hydra, a freshwater polyp.

     

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-12/uosd-sdi120613.php

     

    The immortal jellyfish

     

    http://www.bitrebels.com/lifestyle/the-only-animal-that-can-live-forever-do-you-know-what-it-is/

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