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How Did Whales Evolve to Beat Cancer?

News   May 13, 2019 | Original story from Arizona State University

 
Unpicking the Whale Genome to Uncover How They Evolved to Beat Cancer

Whales, which live longer than most mammals on the planet and have a much higher percentage of body fat, should be more likely to develop cancer. Yet their cancer rates are remarkably low. This phenomenon, known as Peto's Paradox, is investigated in a new study and may provide tantalizing clues for addressing the disease in humans. (Image: Above: Image of Salt, an adult female humpback whale, taken by the Center for Coastal Studies under NOAA research permit 16325.) Credit: Northern Arizona University

 
 
 

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