08 Jul '11, 2pm

Science Says Lobsters Can Live Forever, But They're Still Delicious

Science Says Lobsters Can Live Forever, But They're Still Delicious

Science Says Lobsters Can Live Forever, But They're Still Delicious Can you ever eat a lobster again after reading this news? It turns out that our clawed friends have self-repairing DNA, which means they would essentially live forever if it weren't for being caught and eaten, or dying from injury or disease. When I told my wife this , she didn't believe it. But it's apparently true , and due to an enzyme, although not well known among seafood eaters (including me). Who doesn't love a nice lobster tail once in a while? Drawn butter ? Anyone? The enzyme, called telomerase , repairs a lobster's DNA, allowing them to live without really aging , and grow to huge sizes, such as the Guinness World Record of more than 44 pounds . "How in the world can I ever eat a lobster again?," I told my wife. "They can live forever." It just seems like too much to bear, despite the deliciousn...

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