Recruitment of reproductive features into other cell types may underlie extended lifespan in animals

Sunday, June 7, 2009 - 13:49 in Biology & Nature

In the sense that organisms existing today are connected through a chain of life -- through their parents, grandparents and other ancestors -- almost a billion years back to the first animals of the pre-Cambrian era, an animal's reproductive cells can be considered to be immortal.

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