Jiroemon Kimura, who was born in April 1897, is the last known man to live across three centuries.
If he lives until 27 December 2012, he will become the oldest man ever documented. (BBC)
According to The Changing Body,
So far the maximal capacity of human longevity has been restricted by limited diet and lifetime health insults. But human beings may live up to 130 years if they are well fed and if there were no health insults over the lifetime.
We can’t really live forever… but this brings a thought, the “inmortal” jellyfish called Turritopsis nutricul
This jellyfish, if it were free from all predators and its environment was kept nice and clean, it is biologically made to live forever. This jellyfish repeats its life cycle indefinetly and “ages backward” (National Geographic). It’s able to to this by reactivating genetic programs that were used in earlier stages of the life cycle and it turns one type of cell into another as needed.
This dime-sized jellyfish shines light to new possibilities in re-genitive medicine.
- Jellyfish-Inspired Microchip Captures Cancer Cells (gizmodo.com.au)
- Darker Waters Mean More Jellyfish in Norway (livescience.com)