Lobsters Don’t Age

June 29, 2011 at 6:00 am 12 comments

By Chad Upton | Editor

As people and most animals age, our bodies don’t work like they used to: we weaken, lose fertility and wrinkle among other things.

Research shows that lobsters do not have these same symptoms of age.

Our cells are constantly being replaced by new cells. These cells are built to the specifications in our DNA. Over time, our DNA is damaged and cells do not divide perfectly.

Lobsters have an enzyme that naturally repairs DNA. In fact, if it weren’t for disease, capture or injury scientists believe they could live indefinitely.

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Sources: Wikipedia (Lobster)

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12 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Arturo Go  |  June 29, 2011 at 11:40 am

    maybe that’s why they are so yummy!!

    • 2. chriscp  |  September 24, 2013 at 10:09 am

      I’ve heard that people are yummy, too. At least that’s what cannibals would like us to believe.

  • 3. Jen  |  June 29, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Fascinating! I’ll bet scientists are already working on ways to let humans benefit from this enzyme.

  • 4. www.dokuconsult.at  |  June 30, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    There must be something they have overlooked. Or why is it that the oceans aren’t completely overpopulated with lobsters…

    • 5. Jen  |  July 1, 2011 at 7:27 am

      Because they’re tasty? I’m sure humans aren’t the only ones who think so. ;)

    • 6. irikakaka  |  July 9, 2011 at 10:46 pm

      they told you why in the article…

      “if it weren’t for disease, capture or injury scientists believe they could live indefinitely.”

      jesus christ

    • 7. G. Byford  |  August 30, 2011 at 9:13 am

      YOu need to read “The Secret Life of Lobsters” it will answer way more than your question…It is a fantastic book.

    • 8. chriscp  |  September 24, 2013 at 10:09 am

      Someone needs to read s l o w e r.

    • 9. Mike D.  |  November 14, 2017 at 8:33 pm

      Lobsters die due to not having enough metabolic energy to shed their exoskeletons.

      Fortunately, we humans don’t have one of those, so I don’t see any problem with us appropriating whatever it is that lets lobsters not age.

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