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Super mole!

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It may not be the most glamorous of animals, but in terms of longevity the naked mole rat is a rockstar. As website www.sciencemag.org reports, these buck-teethed, bare-skinned rodents can live without oxygen for more than 18 minutes, are resistant to various kinds of pain, and almost never develop cancer. In fact, some naked mole rats have lived over three decades in captivity, about seven times more than average mice! And new research by comparative biologist Rochelle Buffenstein of Google biotech spinoff Calico in San Francisco contends that unlike other mammalian species, the risk of death doesn’t increase with age among naked mole rats owing to their ultra-fast DNA repair mechanisms. “To me this is the most exciting data I’ve ever gotten,” she tells the site. “It goes against everything we know in terms of mammalian biology.” Her study has been published in journal eLife.

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Featured in Harmony — Celebrate Age Magazine
April 2018