Immortal jellyfish may prevent human aging, research says

Are humans closer to immortality?

The scientists expressed hope that their genome mapping might result in discoveries on human aging and initiatives to lengthen life expectancy, as reported in The Wall Street Journal.

“It’s a mistake to think we will have immortality like this jellyfish because we are not jellyfish,” she said. But it’s possible something in the immortal jellyfish’s evolutionary trick can be used to better understand the pathologies of aging,” Pascual-Torner said.

The study contained an important message about extending an organism’s health span, or healthy years, according to Dr. Jan Karlseder, a molecular biologist and director of the Glenn Center for Biology of Aging Research at the Salk Institute.

“The most interesting thing is that it’s not a single molecular pathway…It is a combination of many of them,” he said.

“If we want to look for an extension of healthspan, we cannot just focus on one pathway. That will not be sufficient. We need to look at many of them and how they synergize,” he added.

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