Lobsters May Be The Answer To Immortality
Posted on September 16, 2013 at 09:46:33 am
Research shows the crustaceans possess an enzyme called telomerase, which makes them ‘biologically immortal.
In other living creatures, strands of DNA get shorter as cells replicate and die, and they eventually become too badly damaged to copy new cells.
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The average lobster weighs under 2 pounds, but near the coast of Maine in 2009, fishermen caught a lobster that weighed 19 pounds, meaning the creature was approximately 140 years old.
Medical experts hope further studies about telomerase will help discover new ways to increase lifespan and prevent cancer.