Professor Thomas Bosch, head of the Hydra-Study and his team: Anna Marei Böhm, Jörg Wittlieb and Dr. Konstantin Khalturin (Photo: CAU/Winters)
A gene sequence is injected into an embryo of Hydra (Photo: CAU/Wittlieb)
Genetically modified polyps of Hydra appear to be green when looked at under a fluorescence light mocroscope (Photo: CAU/Maack)
Dorian Gray move aside, scientists have discovered that the immortal hydra polyp might help produce advanced rejuvenation therapies for humans (Photo: CAU/Fraune)
The tiny freshwater polyp Hydra is a remarkable creature. It does not show any signs of aging and appears to be immortal due to the fact that it contains stem cells capable of continuous proliferation. Researchers from Kiel University have examined this phenomenon and uncovered an important link to the aging process in humans that could lead to the development of advanced rejuvenation therapies.
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