Saturday, April 10, 2010

Multicelled Animals May Live Oxygen-Free

http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/58154/title/Multicelled_animals_may_live_oxygen-free

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if we did not need oxygen to live? Scientists have been conducting studies on multicellular organisms, due to the fact that they think they do not need oxygen to breathe. They have discovered a cartoon looking organism that can go its whole life without oxygen! The type of creature they discovered is called a Loriciferans, which look like tiny cups with tentacles sticking out. Not only can these Loriciferans live without oxygen they appear to be able to grow and reproduce in this environment.

I find these magnificent creatures quite lucky because image all the possibilities humans could have if we did not need oxygen. We could do so many things, such as travel space beyond ever imagined and live on other planets. Just think how much more we could do if we had these creature’s abilities and how much we could improve the human race! We as humans could do things beyond belief and make life so much simpler. It will be interesting to see what additional information scientists learn about these creatures and potentially others.

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