A resurrected gene may protect elephants from cancer

LIF6 instructs damaged cells to self-destruct before the disease has a chance to take hold

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SECRET WEAPON  Elephants have some unique defenses against cancer, including a once-dormant gene that plays a role in killing damaged cells before they have a chance to turn cancerous.

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