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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



Museums Are Putting Ancient DNA To Work for Wildlife


The museum-based lab is working with researchers and government agencies on projects that require DNA analysis, such as wildlife conservation.


It Is Possible to Extend Life Without Any Genetic Modification, Study Suggests


Given the relationship between telomeres and ageing - telomeres shorten throughout life, so older organisms have shorter telomeres -, scientists launched a study generating mice in which 100% of their cells had hyper-long telomeres.


Drug Treats Inflammation Related to Genetic Heart Disease


Johns Hopkins researchers have shed new light on the role of the immune system in the progression of arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy (ACM) and have also discovered a drug that may help prevent ACM symptoms and progression to heart failure.



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