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Researchers investigating the Hydra’s biological immortality have accidentally discovered a link to aging in humans.Though it may not look like much, the tiny freshwater animal Hydra may hold some of the answers to why we age. The reason for this is related to its reproduction - unlike other animals Hydra reproduce asexually using budding, a process more commonly seen in plants. This is where bu
ds form and break away from their “parent” Hydra when they have become miniature adults. Budding means each Hydra polyp must contain stem cells, or these buds could not form and reproduction would cease. As Daniel Martínez (Pomona College, California, and not involved in the study) says, “Hydra is a bag of stem cells… The genes that regulate development are constantly on, so they are constantly rejuvenating the body.”



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scienceyoucanlove:

Researchers investigating the Hydra’s biological immortality have accidentally discovered a link to aging in humans.

Though it may not look like much, the tiny freshwater animal Hydra may hold some of the answers to why we age. The reason for this is related to its reproduction - unlike other animals Hydra reproduce asexually using budding, a process more commonly seen in plants. This is where bu

ds form and break away from their “parent” Hydra when they have become miniature adults. Budding means each Hydra polyp must contain stem cells, or these buds could not form and reproduction would cease. As Daniel Martínez (Pomona College, California, and not involved in the study) says, “Hydra is a bag of stem cells… The genes that regulate development are constantly on, so they are constantly rejuvenating the body.”
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