Cancer research: Zombie genes and elephants

TIM NEWMAN | August 15, 2018

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An intriguing deep dive into elephant genetics helps explain why they are less susceptible to cancer than humans. The answer comes in the form of a reanimated "zombie gene." Around 17 percent of people die from cancer, but the disease is not a problem restricted to humans; it affects a wide range of species. From cats and dogs to fish and Tasmanian devils — even duck-billed dinosaurs seem to have been afflicted. Interestingly, under 5 percent of elephants in captivity die from cancer. This is surprising because they live for an average of 70 years and have roughly 100 times as many cells.

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