Researchers from The University of Nottingham have demonstrated how a species of flatworm overcomes the aging process to be potentially immortal.
The discovery, published in theProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is part of a project funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and Medical Research Council (MRC) and may shed light on the possibilities of alleviating aging and age-related characteristics in human cells. Planarian worms have amazed scientists with their apparently limitless ability to regenerate. Researchers have been studying their ability to replace aged or damaged tissues and cells in a bid to understand the mechanisms underlying their longevity.
Dinoflagellates are single-celled organisms that live in lakes, rivers, and oceans. Some species that live in the ocean flash on contact.
This dinoflagellate model (11,000 times life size!) can be seen in Creatures of Light.
Photo by Denis
The industrial applications for bioluminescence & biotechnology need to be explored.