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    Worms key to immortality (well flatworms really...)

    Postby lotek » 29 Feb 2012 09:47

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    British scientists believe they may have identified how humans could potentially live forever - and it’s all about flatworms
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    The research team studied how the flatworms manage to replace aged or damaged tissues and cells in a bid to understand what drives their longevity.
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    Key to a flatworm’s immortality lays in its telomeres – tiny sections of DNA that cap the ends of chromosomes, protecting them from damage and the loss of cell functions linked to ageing.
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    “The next goals for us are to understand the mechanisms in more detail and to understand more about how you evolve an immortal animal.”

    http://uk.news.yahoo.com/why-flatworms- ... ality.html

    Damn it's not their spicy poop that's gonna do it...*


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    (as long as it's not waterworms)
    Spice is the worm's gonads.
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    Re: Worms key to immortality (well flatworms really...)

    Postby gurensan » 01 May 2012 12:01

    “The next goals for us are to understand the mechanisms in more detail and to understand more about how you evolve an immortal animal.”

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    lol. Key here is that once your animal is immortal, evolution is over.
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    Re: Worms key to immortality (well flatworms really...)

    Postby Freakzilla » 01 May 2012 14:37

    gurensan wrote:
    “The next goals for us are to understand the mechanisms in more detail and to understand more about how you evolve an immortal animal.”

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    lol. Key here is that once your animal is immortal, evolution is over.


    Nope, then we merge with the machines.
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    Re: Worms key to immortality (well flatworms really...)

    Postby gurensan » 02 May 2012 10:32

    Crap. Then we're subject to periodic upgrades.
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    Re: Worms key to immortality (well flatworms really...)

    Postby Freakzilla » 02 May 2012 13:38

    gurensan wrote:Crap. Then we're subject to periodic upgrades.


    After that we become beings of thought inside a giant computer.
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    Re: Worms key to immortality (well flatworms really...)

    Postby DuneFishUK » 02 May 2012 15:52

    Aren't we already be part of an ultra-detailed physics simulation being run by a research lab to test theories about how the universe formed?
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    Re: Worms key to immortality (well flatworms really...)

    Postby ULFsurfer » 02 May 2012 16:20

    Yep, you're all little particles inside my laptop.
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    Re: Worms key to immortality (well flatworms really...)

    Postby gurensan » 02 May 2012 16:33

    Freakzilla wrote:
    gurensan wrote:Crap. Then we're subject to periodic upgrades.


    After that we become beings of thought inside a giant computer.


    Crap again. Now we're all subject to SOFTWARE upgrades. The worst kind ever.

    I'm gonna get replaced by a microsoft product. yeesh.

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    No animals were harmed during the making of this post. However, trillions of electrons were horribly inconvenienced.
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    Re: Worms key to immortality (well flatworms really...)

    Postby Freakzilla » 02 May 2012 16:41

    DuneFishUK wrote:Aren't we already be part of an ultra-detailed physics simulation being run by a research lab to test theories about how the universe formed?


    As long as the resolution is finer than we can detect, what's the difference? :wink:
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    Re: Worms key to immortality (well flatworms really...)

    Postby SadisticCynic » 03 May 2012 12:19

    Freakzilla wrote:
    DuneFishUK wrote:Aren't we already be part of an ultra-detailed physics simulation being run by a research lab to test theories about how the universe formed?


    As long as the resolution is finer than we can detect, what's the difference? :wink:


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