Sequenced Genome Of Sacred Lotus May Yield Anti-Aging Secrets

sacred lotusContemporary science meets ancient wisdom via redOrbit:

A team of international scientists report today that they have sequenced and annotated the genome of the sacred lotus (Nelumbo nucifera). The research was co-led by Ray Ming, a plant biology professor at University of Illinois’ Institute for Genomic Biology; Jane Shen-Miller, a plant biology professor at UCLA; and Shaohua Li, director of the Wuhan Botanical Garden at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The team have sequenced nearly 90 percent of the plant’s 27,000 genes.

The sacred lotus has the ability to repair genetic defects, and may hold a key to the secrets of aging; the seeds of the lotus can survive up to 1,300 years. The sacred lotus is known from the geologic record as early as 135 million years ago. The plant has been grown in China for at least the last 4,000 years, and has long been used there for food and medicine.

“Molecular biologists can now more easily study how its genes are turned on and off during times of stress. This is a step toward learning what anti-aging secrets the sacred lotus plant may offer,” said Shen-Miller.

The plant’s genetic repair mechanisms could be very useful if researchers could find a way to transfer them to crops that have seeds that generally only have life spans of a few years. They could even prove significant if transferable to human health.

10 Comments on "Sequenced Genome Of Sacred Lotus May Yield Anti-Aging Secrets"

  1. Jin The Ninja | May 21, 2013 at 4:58 pm |

    while aspects of me (notably sci fi nerd) finds the idea of human transgenetics fascinating- i moreso find it troubling. this only means monsanto or some multi national is ready to patent both the genome and the process to implant it- and provide ‘longevity’ services only to those who can pay a million or so for it.

    • mannyfurious | May 21, 2013 at 5:04 pm |

      Certain people have a tendency to get excited over things like this because they believe that we will use such technology reasonably and with a solemn sense of responsibility. Because, apparently, we’ve proven time and again that that’s exactly what we’re about as a species.

    • BuzzCoastin | May 21, 2013 at 6:57 pm |

      if the plant is grown using the “normal” estrogen based biocides
      all bets are off
      a lot of so called breast cancer is caused by an estrogen imbalance
      caused by chemical based pesticides
      Monsanto is already there pissing in the soup

    • You know… i feel Monsanto’s mishandling of genetic manipulation (injected poison…) makes it seem like all genetic manipulation is bad. Maybe thats the worst of it all?

      • not only is all genetic manipulation bad, but all manipulation is bad. did anyone ask the earth if she wanted to be manipulated? do you want someone fucking with you against yer will? live and let live. you can learn a lot more from acceptance than domination.

        • I see it more like playing with fire. its really easy to be irresponsible and burn yourself or others or the world if you’re a big putz.

          But maybe you could also cook some food.

          • playing with fire inevitably leads to the nuclear bomb. perhaps its better to keep our desires simple. by the use of reason we attained technological domination over nature and by the use of reason we will abandon it.

    • InfvoCuernos | May 21, 2013 at 9:49 pm |

      Just a million? I bet they are setting the price way higher than that, and I bet it will require regular “updates” that will be just as expensive. The filthy rich will pay anything to live forever.

  2. I used to love smoking these flowers and soaking them in wine to drink. a pleasant little buzz, mixes well w/ other herbs.
    probably best kept in its natural form.
    theres a lot to learn from the experience of the deteriorating body. why fear dying so intensely? matter burns itself up eventually, theres no escape, that is its nature. creation is limited, and who knows what its like on the Other Side?

  3. InfvoCuernos | May 21, 2013 at 9:52 pm |

    Seems like like an “easter egg” placed there by the universal programers. A lotus containing immortal life, really?!?!? I wonder where you can find the one to unlock infinite ammo?

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