Humans Can Achieve Biological Immortality Essay

781 Words Apr 28th, 2016 4 Pages
Turritopsis dohrnii, formerly classified as Turritopsis nutricula, is a species of jellyfish that has the ability to return its immature polyp form after reaching sexually maturity. This jellyfish species is the only known animal in the world to have the ability to turn back its biological clock from a sexually mature stage to an immature stage. This ability is credited to the process of Transdifferentiation, which is the transformation of specific cells or tissues from one form to a different one. The Turritopsis can transdifferentiate indefinitely, making the species hypothetically immortal. The purpose of this research project is to locate the responsible gene(s) and compare them to the human genome with the intent of incorporating the Turritopsis genes into the human genome. The goal is to see if humans can achieve biological immortality.
To obtain the Turritopsis dohrnii, we will travel to the Mediterranean Sea and sample from waters above 200 meters that are between 10 and 24 degrees Celsius, which is the ideal habitat for the specimen according to the Enclyclopedia of Life, (2016). We will sample as many jellies as we can, no less than 100 individuals, from different life stages. The Turritopsis dohrnii is a good model organism for this study because of its unusual and unmatched ability to turn back its biological clock and become a juvenile again if their environment is less that suitable. This genetic data could be analyzed and implemented into the human genome to…

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