29 Feb '12, 5am

Why flatworms may hold the secret to immortality - Yahoo! via @yahoosg

British scientists believe they may have identified how humans could potentially live forever - and it’s all about flatworms Experts at Nottingham University have been examining how two species of flatworms are able to regenerate themselves again and again – raising hopes that scientists could find ways of alleviating the effects of ageing in human cells. Flatworms, known as planarian worms, have long fascinated scientists with their apparently limitless ability to regenerate. Young forever: Flatworms may hold the key to immortality due to their telomeres. Photo: Nottingham University During the study 20,000 new and fully-formed flatworms were created from just one original worm by splitting it into tiny pieces. The research team studied how the flatworms manage to replace aged or damaged tissues and cells in a bid to understand what drives their longevity. Dr Aziz Aboobak...

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