July was an exciting month in the scientific world of anti-ageing and longevity. A new discovery! A new understanding! Another step towards finding new disease treatments and novel medicines that could vastly improve our healthspan and lifespan.
The Hydra, a small freshwater invertebrate, is an advantageous model organism for regenerative biologists. Named after the serpent from Greek mythology that grew two new heads for each one cut off, this tiny, jellyfish-like creature holds within its genomic code the key to biological immortality.
Hydra are unique because their stem cells exist in a continuous state of renewal. Kept safe and in isolation, these organisms show no signs of aging. Outside the lab, the only real threats they face are predators, weather extremes and disease.
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