Naked mole rats live a long life without cancer. Image: Wikimedia Commons
Further cause found for a long life without cancer in the naked mole rat

Naked mole rats inhibit metabolic processes in senescent cells much more than mice do, a new study shows. As a consequence, senescent cells keep dividing, and ageing is greatly retarded. In mice and other animals, on the other hand, senescent cells stop dividing to prevent cancer development, but ageing is enhanced. It was already known that naked mole rats do not develop cancers, in spite of cell division throughout life, and it is for these reasons that researchers have turned to this animal species to study the competing biology of ageing and cancer.

Read the full story: University of Rochester
Scientific publication: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA