Mole rat holds key to fighting cancer, aging?

It might not look like it can unlock the mysteries of eternal youth and with its wrinkly pink skin, beady eyes and outsize teeth, the naked mole rat resembles a sabretoothed sausage. But the strange-looking mammal has a secret which is fascinating scientists searching for a cure for diseases of old age, particularly cancer.

Despite being only four inches long, the rodent lives for 30 years – seven times longer than a normal rat – and appears not to be afflicted with the world’s number one killer disease. Researchers have now taken a step towards understanding the reason for its longevity and resistance to cancer after publishing the first draft of its complete genome. Read more…

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