Nov 8, 2020

Scientists Thawed Prehistoric Worms And Made Them Revive

A group of Russian scientists thawed two prehistoric worms, one 32,000 years old and the other 41,700 years old, and both woke up, to the surprise of both locals and strangers. According to the results, after completing the defrosting stage, the two bugs moved and later ate.

This investigation, which corroborated the signs of life of the aforementioned species, took more than sixteen years and had its culmination in 2018, when it was published by the Doklady Biological Sciences, although recently the case reached the press through social networks later that the medium Strange and Amazing Facts, in its account published a short text about the events that was accompanied by a photo, which quickly went viral, since that post received more than 3,300 comments, 32,400 retweets and 50,900 "Likes", in just hours, for a fact that never ceases to amaze, for the years that have passed.

Investigation details

The task took many years, so it was divided into teams and stages. Thus, part of the research was carried out in a laboratory of the Institute of Physico-Chemical and Biological Problems of Soil Science, in Siberia, while other tasks were also carried out together with geoscientists from Princeton University, New Jersey, United States.

After collecting the relevant evidence, the specialists analyzed more than 300 worms, which were frozen in permafrost sediments, in order to find the most suitable candidates to work in Petri dishes, which would then be arranged as objects of study. . It is important to remember that the first of these was found in 2015, in the vicinity of the Alazeya River.

Following rigorous practices, the experts determined that the invertebrate of the genus Plectus is around 41,700 years old, while the second, nematodes, 32,000 years old and genus Panagrolaimus, was found in the burrow of a squirrel, in 2002, near from the Kolyma River. It should be noted that the aforementioned locations are in the Yakutia region, one of the coldest areas in Russia . And that in both cases, the experts decided to collect the best possible material.

A miracle that science has trouble explaining

To begin with the experience, and before the rigorous analyzes, the experts excavated at least 300 blocks of ice, where, thanks to special equipment, they detected the presence of thousands of worms, large and small, totally frozen.At the time of taking the samples to the laboratory, they decided to divide the material and kept it within the aforementioned plates in a special refrigerator for the mission. After several days, the specialists, who were keeping a detailed record of the changes suffered by the ice block and the organisms that were in it, were noticing that the behavior varied.After a few weeks, one of the project managers discovered that two worms were moving, clearly showing signs of life. Later, they corroborated that the movements were joined by the intention to move in search of food, while, finally, both began to eat the provisions provided by the team of experts and thus "lead" a normal life.

Finally, the surprising discovery left an open door for people and their dream of lethargy, while specialists work tirelessly in the development of a medicine designed in terms of human care and conservation.

Can you seek eternal life by hibernating?

Throughout its history the human being managed to cross the Earth through water and could even emulate the flight of birds, but always sought to avoid death. And, it is known, science works to help people lead a better quality of life. Many suffer from diseases and their greatest desire is to "freeze" until the cure appears. They say that the famous cartoonist Walt Disney did.In the animal kingdom there are many living beings capable of being resurrected after "a long nap". One is the water bear, also known as the tardigrade, capable of surviving extreme dehydration and high temperatures, while its body can withstand thirty years from frozen and then come back to life like nothing else.

In addition, there is the wood frog, which can retain glucose to transform it into an antifreeze that ensures that its internal fluids remain in a liquid state even in sub-zero temperatures.

Finally, the experts indicated that, in the case of humans, this situation is still being investigated, since the tissues we possess do not meet the necessary conditions to survive and rebuild after freezing

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