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#1    UM-Bot

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 12:42 PM

The planarian worm possesses remarkable regenerative capabilities that are second to none.

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While it is generally known that some worms possess regenerative abilities, one particular species, the planarian, exhibits such extreme feats of regeneration that it has most of the scientific community utterly perplexed.

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 02:41 PM

Hullo planarian worm ... good bye viagra !!!

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 04:55 PM

So that mean if you cut it in half, it will become 2 worms, cut again 4, then 8, 16, 32, 64, etc.. Then one day the world will be fill with THAT worm. No thanks


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Posted 04 January 2014 - 07:04 PM

I found the comment section of the article to be very informative. Give it a shot.


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Posted 04 January 2014 - 07:53 PM

wow .. reminds of me dragon ball z cell saga :D


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Posted 04 January 2014 - 08:49 PM

"regenerate its whole body"

So, if you smash and burn to dust the entire body, it will grow back in its entirety.

The worm immortal, IOW.

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 09:34 PM

The transfer of memory is quite amazing. It's perhaps a leap, but this does begin to make an interesting argument that cognition has functional structure, a genetic basis, and has and can evolve to deal with recurrent issues.


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Posted 05 January 2014 - 02:19 AM

-insert Doctor Who reference here-


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Posted 05 January 2014 - 02:21 AM

first immortal mice, and now this. i'm going to mars


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Posted 05 January 2014 - 02:27 AM

This would be real handy to know if you ran a bait shop.

Edited by mesuma, 05 January 2014 - 02:29 AM.


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Posted 05 January 2014 - 12:25 PM

View PostHarte, on 04 January 2014 - 08:49 PM, said:

"regenerate its whole body"

So, if you smash and burn to dust the entire body, it will grow back in its entirety.

The worm immortal, IOW.

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According to the article it can regenerate from living cells. Burning would kill it.


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Posted 05 January 2014 - 02:25 PM

Then it can't regenerate its "whole body," can it?

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 02:56 PM

How does one worm cell regenerate an entire body when it has no functional body parts to consume biomaterial to generate the energy and resources to develop itself?


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Posted 05 January 2014 - 02:57 PM

View Postmesuma, on 05 January 2014 - 02:27 AM, said:

This would be real handy to know if you ran a bait shop.

All you have to do is buy one worm, cut it up into hundreds of parts, let them all regenerate into new worms, and repeat. You have infinite worm clones from just one worm.

Edited by Ashiene, 05 January 2014 - 02:58 PM.


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Posted 05 January 2014 - 04:47 PM

View PostAshiene, on 05 January 2014 - 02:56 PM, said:

How does one worm cell regenerate an entire body when it has no functional body parts to consume biomaterial to generate the energy and resources to develop itself?

That is true. It just so happens that the worms are in any extemely resource-rich environment. Osmosis of some type, I would imagine.





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