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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.
If you fart in the wilderness, and a bear eats you before you can smell it, does it matter if it makes an odor?

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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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