The Turritopsis dohrnii may be smaller than a pinky nail, but this jellyfish could reveal the cellular secret to immortality. When threatened with physical damage or starvation, this “immortal” jellyfish can reverse its developmental process and transform back into a polyp through the cellular mechanism called “transdifferentiation.”
Scientists have taken interest in this Benjamin Button-like process not just because it is a rare phenomenon, but also for its potential applications in stem cell research to help replace cells damaged by disease.
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