The First Known Animal That Doesn’t Need To Breathe Has Been Found Inside Salmon

In a world-first a team of scientists from Tel Aviv has discovered an animal that doesn’t need to breathe to survive, putting that tired, old acronym Mrs Nergfirmly back in her box. The paper published in PNASdescribes a jellyfish-like parasite, which is the first known multicellular organism lacking a mitochondrial genome, meaning it’s perfectly capable of surviving without oxygen.

Advances in science are constantly challenging long-held assumptions about our planet and the universe, but who would’ve thought a groundbreaking discovery that completely flips our understanding of the animal kingdom would be found inside a salmon…


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