While I believe this bit of news has been well circulated this week, I wanted to give it the Zooillogix bump. Plus, I can only assume Zooillogix readers look to our blog for the latest breaking news… thus it would be a great disservice to all 25 of them to leave this unreported. University of Rochester biologists think they’ve figured out why the beloved naked mole rat continues to live their entire 30 year moley lifespans without ever having a tumor. That’s right. No researcher has ever discovered evidence of cancer in these beauts.
The biologists claim that the naked mole rats express a certain gene that prevents cells from reproducing when the cells become crowded, thereby stopping would-be tumors in their tracks. I say we need only to triple these genes, making the mole rats cancer free for 90 years, then replace our own genes with that of the naked mole rats. Duh.
It seems that other small, but long lived rodents, like some species squirrels and some marmots, have little to no evidence of cancer, too. But researchers such as Vera Gorbunova from U. of Rochester still aren’t sure exactly what kinds of anti-cancer going-ons are present in each one of the species.
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Perhaps now they should look into pale, wrinkly, bald skin and blindness immunity genes.