Biological Immortality

Turritopsis nutricula is a species of jellyfish with a very unusual quality: it is biologically immortal. Also known as the immortal jellyfish, this fascinating animal, in theory, has the ability to sustain life indefinitely, so long as its nerve center remains intact. Typically, jellyfish die after reproducing, but the immortal jellyfish is capable of returning to a polyp after producing offspring. This essentially means that this type of jellyfish is able to return itself to a much younger state. As a result of reversing its life cycle, the immortal jellyfish can evade death. If the jellyfish continues to reverse its life cycle following reproduction, it can live on for an indefinite period. In laboratory tests, the species reverted back to the immature polyp stage 100% of the time.

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