The Reluctant Immortalist : Invisibilia The story of a tiny aquatic creature called the Hydra that has quietly revolutionized our understanding of life, and some think could provide a clue to staving off some of the major diseases of aging.

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The Reluctant Immortalist

The story of a tiny aquatic creature called the Hydra that has quietly revolutionized our understanding of life, and some think could provide a clue to staving off some of the major diseases of aging.

Daniel Martinez discovered the unthinkable: a creature that breaks one of the most fundamental laws of life. In the wake of his discovery--which has been widely confirmed by the scientific community--all kinds of people have thrown themselves into trying to unlock the secrets of how this creature seems to cheat death. Cellular biologists, aging researchers, and the biotech industry all hold high hopes that there may be some application to slow human aging. Millions of dollars are being poured into the dream of extending the human lifespan, which looks increasingly possible. But Daniel? He trashed his experiment. He completely abandoned the pursuit of unlocking the secrets of immortality. Perhaps because he believes that dream is all wrong. We went down to California to spend a few days with him to try to find out why.

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The Reluctant Immortalist

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