1. Howard says

    Not sure if I agree with the bit about the lobster. How can anyone say lobsters are “immortal”. Has anyone done a controlled study on lobsters in the wild that lasted long enough to give credence to this statement? To think that lobsters are immune to any kind of disease or aging strains my credulity.

  2. seattle_2013 says

    @Howard: Lobsters are immortal from old age. So this doesn’t include parasites, bacteria, infections, being eaten, etc. Just google the term and listen to the NPR podcast.

  3. Sam says

    “Old Age” is a symptom and not a cause of death. Humans don’t die of “old age” either. Usually an “old” person will die due to a failed vital organ.

  4. Unruly says

    Telomeres do not shorten after cell replication. That is the meaning of being “biologically immortal.” The shortening of those telomeres is what results in aging. It does not mean lobsters have super immune systems or are safe from other types of harm just that cell replication (which happens in biological lifeforms continously) produces cells that are just as resilient as their parent cells.

  5. Pogovio says

    The egg broke because of pressures on the sides. It’s hard to keep hand pressure confined just to the ends of the egg. But the egg can withstand end-pressure more than humans can generate by squeezing with their hands.

  6. Tatts says

    The problem with the wasp/fig item is that it doesn’t give the whole (or correct) story. Figs ARE pollinated by fig wasps (not normal wasps), but the eggs are laid in the male fig fruit, and the females die in the female fruit (after pollinating it from their time in the male fruit). When they die, enzymes(?) dissolve the wasp as the fruit develops.
    Only female figs are harvested for consumption.
    Many of them have had a wasp die in them.
    Fig wasps are small.
    The fig wasp has been absorbed by the growing fruit.

    So, it’s partially true (the eggs, though are in male fruit, which we don’t eat).

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