The Naked Truth: The Naked Mole Rat and the Elusive Cure for Cancer
Sep13

The Naked Truth: The Naked Mole Rat and the Elusive Cure for Cancer

The naked mole rat has a very long life span, with some living as long as 32 years, but what makes it unique is its apparent resistance to developing cancer. A team at the University of Rochester first described a process of tumor blockade called early contact inhibition that is present in the naked mole rat but not in any other mammalian species. This process might be part of this rat’s unique tumor busting superpower, effectively protecting it from the rapid cell growth and division that occurs with cancer.

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