Blind mole-rats are loaded with anticancer genes

Rodent's genome reveals secrets of surviving underground

BLIND AS A MOLE-RAT  The genome of the blind mole-rat helps explain why the animals lack eyes, live long lives and are champion cancer fighters. The genome also reveals that the rodent is more closely related to Chinese hamsters than to naked mole-rats, from which its lineage split from about 71 million years ago. 

Michael Margulis

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