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Happy Belated Mole Day!

Sketch by Peter Gulsvig, renowned Zartist 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…

Scientists interested in treating infertility in humans are turning to an unlikely source for inspiration: naked mole-rats. The rats–actually more closely related to porcupines and chinchillas than moles or rats–live in large colonies much like ants. In these colonies, one dominant female called the “queen” maintains a monopoly on breeding rights by constantly bullying the…