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The Secret of the Blind Mole Rat’s Cancer Resistance Revealed

By Breanna Draxler | November 8, 2012 9:44 am

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Engraved illustration of Nehring’s blind mole rat, Spalax typhlus
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Naked mole rats are well-known wunderkind around here—numerous studies have revealed that the weird subterranean critters don’t feel pain from acid, are massively long-lived for rodents, and don’t seem to get cancer. But an evolutionarily distant relative, the blind mole rat, also has a few tricks up its, er, sleeves: It shares the naked mole rats’ resistance to cancer, but through a completely different mechanism. Now a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences helps explain what’s protecting them.

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