Interesting article in Next Big Future on the stem cells, longevity and theFoxO gene, which is particularly active in centenarians (people 100 years or older) AND in a certain kind of fresh-water polyp. (Not up on polyps? Think of it as a tiny freshwater squid.)
For some reason (being researched) human stem cells become fewer and less active with age ... except in those certain centenarians. AND also in these polyps, which don’t show signs of aging. The link appears to be that FoxO gene, or some shared commonality around it.
What does this have to do with this blog, and with my technothriller A REMEDY FOR DEATH? I dunno, the article just intrigued me. And at the risk of giving away the plot, I can tell you that there are no freshwater polyps playing a role in the plot of A REMEDY FOR DEATH.
(Though, come to think of it, that would be a creepy scene, wouldn’t it? Somebody tossed into a pool of tiny immortal squid-like things! Oooh, creepy! Maybe my next book.)