The Peace of God to all that belong to the Light,
There is a search for humanity that is as old as our own specie, one in which all the generations have been involved and that consumed the dreams of
all kind of people, it is the battle against death, our wish to prevail, to stay here not just for while, and the search for immortality.
Of course immortality is a gift that deserve to be enjoyed by a humanity already purified of the evilness and selfishness that have brought to this
world a lot of calamities. We all agree that such a privilege demands huge responsibilities and so it will come only once we reach a higher
perspective of spiritual evolution.
Genesis 3:22 "Look, the human beings have become like us, knowing both good and evil. What if they reach out, take fruit from the tree of life,
and eat it? Then they will live forever!"
Nevertheless, Have you ever imagined all the things you could do if the life span would not be so short? all the dreams and projects that we should
make reality, all the goals we can attain, all the achievements we can reach? all we can learn? How about the unlimited possibilities for love?
Many religious traditions around the world have talked exhaustively about our battle against death and what happen with the spirit after it, and
there are promises in the great spiritual traditions contained in famous prophecies of the past , that we will arrive one day to see this so old enemy
to be defeated for ever.
Hosea 13:14 I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them …
Luke 20:36 Neither can they die any more: for they are equal to the angels; …
1 Corinthians 15:26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death.…
There is a great discovery that has emerged as a possible first beam of light in the middle of the darkness of the weakness of the human condition
with respect to fatality and death. This comes from a specie of an apparently fragile creature that lives ( for ever) in the warm waters of the
Mediterranean, it is a kind of jelly fish blessed with the divine gift of immortality as the so powerful two mighty gorgons of the ancient Greek
mythology: Euryale & Stheno.
Turritopsis dohrnii (nutricula) , the immortal jellyfish, is a species of small, biologically immortal jellyfish found in the Mediterranean Sea and
in the waters of Japan. It is the only known case of an animal capable of reverting completely to a sexually immature, colonial stage after having
reached sexual maturity as a solitary individual.
Like most other hydrozoans, T. dohrnii begin their life as free-swimming tiny larvae known as planula. As a planula settles down, it gives rise to a
colony of polyps that are attached to the sea-floor. The polyps form into an extensively branched form, which is not commonly seen in most jellyfish.
Jellyfish, also known as medusae, then bud off these polyps and continue their life in a free-swimming form, eventually becoming sexually mature. When
sexually mature they have been known to prey on other jellyfish species at a rapid pace.
All the polyps and jellyfish arising from a single planula are genetically identical clones. If a T. dohrnii jellyfish is exposed to environmental
stress or physical assault, or is sick or old, it can revert to the polyp stage, forming a new polyp colony. It does this through the cell development
process of transdifferentiation, which alters the differentiated state of the cells and transforms them into new types of cells.
Most jellyfish species have a relatively fixed life-span, which varies by species from hours to many months (long-lived mature jellyfish spawn every
day or night; the time is also fairly fixed and species-specific).
The medusa of Turritopsis dohrnii is the only form known to have developed the ability to return to a polyp state, by a specific transformation
process that requires the presence of certain cell types (tissue from both the jellyfish bell surface and the circulatory canal system).
Careful laboratory experiments have revealed that all stages of the medusae, from newly released to fully mature individuals, can transform back into
polyps. The transforming medusa is characterized first by deterioration of the bell and tentacles, with subsequent growth of a perisarc sheet and
stolons, and finally feeding polyps. Polyps further multiply by growing additional stolons, branches and then polyps, to form colonial hydroids.
This ability to reverse the biotic cycle (in response to adverse conditions) is probably unique in the animal kingdom, and allows the jellyfish to
bypass death, rendering Turritopsis dohrnii potentially biologically immortal. Studies in the laboratory showed that 100% of specimens could revert to
the polyp stage, but so far the process has not been observed in their natural habitat, in part because the process is quite rapid and field
observations at the right moment are unlikely
Now, important research institutions ( MIT, Harvard, John Hopkins, Upenn, Scripps) are finding the way to use the incredible gift of regeneration of
this medusa to get for human consumption new treatments based of their gen of immortality.
Other specie related with this extraordinary maritime jelly fish that is also recipient of this so rare immortality gene is the Hydra, that is also
being in study in laboratories that are trying to transfer that benefit to humans.
Of course neither the Jellyfish nor the Hydra are completely immune to the possibility of to be predated by other animal, and so to die not of any
illness but of just to be hunted or murdered.
Finally, in the search for immortality we have another Important discovery of a creature has not only the potential to be immortal but that has proven
to defy all the limits of the span of life known in nature.
Here in America we have a plant which span life is defying all what we know of survival in nature. Pinus longaeva, the Great Basin bristlecone
pine, is a long-living species of tree found in the higher mountains of the southwest United States.
The species is one of three closely related trees known as bristlecone pines and is sometimes known as the Intermountain or Western bristlecone pine.
One member of this species, at 5065 years old, is the oldest known living non-clonal organism on Earth.
Thanks for your attention,
The Angel of Lightness
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