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. But in lobsters, telomerase prevents DNA strands from shortening, allowing perfect cells to replicate again and again, according to biologist Simon Watts, founder of ReadySteadyScience.com. 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.If you want to know how to live forever, ask a crustacean?
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Paging Doctor Zoidberg: