Naked Mole Rats Reveal Why They Are Immune to Cancer
IF HUMANS lived as long relative to body size as naked mole rats, we would last for 600 years. These mouse-sized, subterranean African mammals live for over 30 years, and if that wasn’t impressive enough, they don’t get cancer. Now we have a clue why, which could lead to treatments for a variety of human conditions.
Vera Gorbunova at the University of Rochester in New York and colleagues have found that the extracellular matrix in naked mole rats – the gloop that supports tissues – is rich in a substance that stops cancers growing.