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The Animal That Wouldn’t Die: The Hydra

Just a few millimeters long and full of embryonic cells, the hydra is a small and mysterious cnidarian polyp that seems to defy mortality. Skunk Bear’s Adam Cole and Robert Krulwich team up to tell the amazing tale of scientist Daniel E. Martinez and his surprising hydra experiment: The Animal That Wouldn’t Die.

Related reading: senescence. Bonus: Here’s video of a feeding Hydra, recorded with a portable USB digital microscope by Switzerland-based microbiologist Jenni Bernard.

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