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Lobsters Don’t Age

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)

Image: Stacy Lynn Baum (cc)

June 29, 2011 at 6:00 am 12 comments


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