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Five reasons flatworms won’t make us immortal

By Stephen Cave  

Hold off on the flatworm smoothies for the time being...

It is currently being widely reported that flatworms hold the key to immortality. True enough, they do have an astonishing ability to survive and regenerate even if something terrible happens, like being cut into pieces by a scientist at the University of Nottingham. This has many people excited at the prospect that we can harness the power of the worm in order to live forever. But we won’t.

The immortality-seekers’ idea is this: the cells in our human bodies…

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