15 Feb '15, 9pm

This little animal can potentially live forever

This little animal can potentially live forever

Immortality, much? Scientists believe that the hydra may be able to eternally resist going gentle into that good night. The Hydra of Greek myth was a terrifying many-headed water monster with virulent breath and noxious blood. And it was a creature with the wonderfully weird regenerative trait of being able to grow more heads when one was chopped off. Meanwhile, over in the pond, we have a genus of real-life little animals that share their name with the Greek horror show. And while they have the beast's regenerative powers in common, unlike the Hydra who was slain by Heracles, the little wiggly pond hydra appear to be immortal. Belonging to the phylum Cnidaria, hydra are part of a group of organisms known as cnidarians which include jellyfish and sea anemones. And even though hydra are wee little multicellular organisms of less than half an inch in length, they are marvels...

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