Cancer-Free Rodent Genome May Hold Key to Aging, Disease


October 17, 2011

USA Today

Scientists announced Wednesday that they have succeeded in sequencing the full genome of the naked mole rat, an exceptionally long-lived and cancer-resistant rodent.

While that might not sound like headline news, scientists say the findings could provide insights into human aging and risks for malignancy.

"If we can understand the genetic adaptations, we may be able to find treatments which can change the human into a more long-lived species," said Vadim N. Gladyshev, senior author of the study published online Oct. 12 in the journal Nature... Read More