Conference : Biological Immortality: fiction or reality?
In 2004, Audrey Dussutour received a PhD in Ethology working with Dr. Vincent Fourcassié and Pr Jean-Louis Deneubourg. At that time, she was studying traffic organization in Ants. Then, she did two post-docs, one at Concordia University (Canada) where she studied collective decision in social caterpillars and one at the University of Sydney (Australia) where she studied nutrition in ants and slime molds. In 2008 she obtained a CNRS position at the CRCA to continue her research on ant behavior. Since 2015, Raphael Jeanson, Jacques Gautrais, Jean-Paul Lachaud and her established a new team at the CRCA, the IVEP team (Interindividual Variability Emergent Plasticity). On the adm side, she is an elected member of the CNRS commission Brain Cognition and Behavior and the Interdisciplinary commission Modeling Biological Systems.
Who has not dreamed one day to find the fountain of youth, to become immortal? The quest for unlimited life has captivated the minds of countless storytellers, alchemists and spiritual leaders. If we are still looking for the Elixir of Immortality and the Philosopher's Stone, some organisms seem to have found the key to immortality. Indeed, the blob, hydra and other strange organisms seem to have found a way to reset their life clock, a secret that remains well kept for now.