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Why don't African elephants get cancer?

Discussion in 'Wildlife & Nature Conservation' started by DavidBrown, 8 Oct 2015.

  1. DavidBrown

    DavidBrown Moderator Staff Member

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    A new study shows that African elephants have multiple copies of a gene used for suppressing tumors called TP53. Experiments show that this gene rapidly kills off cancerous cells.

    Here is a news story that explains the details of how this works: Elephants rarely get cancer, now scientists think they know why - LA Times

    Here is a link to the actual scientific paper: JAMA Network | JAMA | Potential Mechanisms for Cancer Resistance in Elephants and Comparative Cellular Response to DNA Damage in Humans
     
  2. animal_expert01

    animal_expert01 Well-Known Member

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    Maybe in future they could use the thing in the elephants body to kill off human cancer