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Naked Mole Rats Have A Secret Cancer Fighting Goo
2013-06-20 04:37:59

[ Watch a Video Clip of a Naked Mole Rat ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers have identified the chemical that makes the naked mole rat resistant to cancer, and their discovery could ultimately lead to new treatment options for malignant tumors in humans. A team of investigators led by Andrei Seluanov and Vera Gorbunova of the University of Rochester report in this week's edition of the journal Nature that they have located a substance that makes...

Naked Mole Rat Studied For Its Pain Resistance And Long, Healthy Life
2012-09-24 11:29:17

John Neumann for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The humble, hairless, buck-toothed digging denizen we know as the naked mole-rat could lead researchers to new treatments for pain relief in humans. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago report new findings as to how these rodents have adapted to toxic carbon dioxide buildup in their dens. As CO2 levels rise to levels that would be toxic for other mammals, the air in their dens becomes highly acidic. The naked...

Could The Naked Mole Rat Hold The Secret Of Longevity?
2012-07-03 11:20:45

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The naked mole rat is well-known for its longer lifespan, living on average for 30 years. The East African native, when compared to humans, shows little sign of decline due to aging, maintaining high activity, bone health, reproductive capacity, and cognitive ability throughout its lifetime. Now a collaborative of researchers in Israel and the United States is working to uncover the secret to the small mammal's long and very busy...

Ion Channel Makes African Naked Mole-Rat Insensitive To Acid-Induced Pain
2011-12-21 04:54:27

Researchers of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin-Buch have found out why the African naked mole-rat (Heterocephalus glaber), one of the world´s most unusual mammals, feels no pain when exposed to acid. African naked mole-rats live densely packed in narrow dark burrows where ambient carbon dioxide (CO2) levels are very high. In body tissues, CO2 is converted into acid, which continuously activates pain sensors. However, naked mole-rats are an...

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2011-12-05 21:13:26

Naked mole rats (Heterocephalus glaber) live in a 'hive' society with one reproducing queen and between one and three reproducing males. The rest of the mole rats in the colony are workers either defending the burrow or finding food — not an easy task when you are virtually blind and all the tunnels smell of mole rat. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology shows that mole rat sperm has become simple and degenerate, probably due to...

Naked Mole Rat Genome Sequenced
2011-10-12 13:23:47

A team of Korean, Chinese, and American researchers have sequenced the complete genome of the naked mole rat -- an achievement that could be a pivotal step to understanding the animal's extraordinarily long life and good health, according to a Wednesday University of Texas press release announcing the research. According to the researchers, the naked mole rat, which is approximately the size of a mouse, has wrinkled skin and buck teeth, and can survive more than three decades in captivity,...

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2010-03-31 06:46:20

What University of Illinois at Chicago biologist Thomas Park and colleagues are learning from studying how these very strange animals adapt to the challenges of their environment It was the scientist equivalent of love at first sight. "They had huge teeth, they ran backwards as much as forwards, and they chatted among themselves constantly," Thomas Park said of the first time he saw a mole-rat during a post-doctoral year in Munich. After starting his own lab in Chicago, he took his students...

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2009-11-29 08:30:00

A resilient rodent from the horn of Africa has begun charming scientists around the world.  Resistant to cancer and aging better than Sean Connery, the remarkable, if somewhat unattractive, naked mole rat is proving to be a biological wonder and a new source of scientific inquiry. "They really are from Mars, I think," Thomas Park, biological sciences professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, told the Associated Press. Able to live up to 30 years, these 3 to 4 inch East African...

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2009-10-26 15:14:27

Naked Mole Rat, the Only Known Cancerless Animal, Has Two-Tier Defense Against Cancer Despite a 30-year lifespan that gives ample time for cells to grow cancerous, a small rodent species called a naked mole rat has never been found with tumors of any kind"”and now biologists at the University of Rochester think they know why. The findings, presented in today's issue of The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show that the mole rat's cells express a gene called p16 that...

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2006-04-10 19:23:11

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Inside a small clear tube, a naked mole-rat decides to change direction. Contorting its wrinkled, hot dog-shaped body, the animal nearly somersaults over itself and pokes out its head on the other side. It shows off four big teeth, sniffs the air and turns around again. Watch a naked mole-rat for a while, and you'll see this happen over and over and over. It's the nonstop movement and unusual characteristics - certainly not its beauty - that make mole-rats a hit with zoo...


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Silvery Mole Rat, Heliophobius argenteocinereus
2012-05-29 12:42:44

The silvery mole rat (Heliophobius argenteocinereus), also known as the silky mole rat or silvery blesmol, is a mole rat that appears in many areas of Africa including southern Kenya, central Malawi and Mozambique, parts of southeastern Zaire, and throughout Tanzania. The only subspecies listed under the genus Heliophobius, the silvery mole rat is an unsociable animal, and very aggressive. Little is known about its behaviors and ecology, but it prefers to inhabit savannah areas and woodlands...

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2006-12-13 16:03:09

The Naked Mole Rat (Heterocephalus glaber), also known as the Sand Puppy, or desert mole rat, is a burrowing rodent native to parts of East Africa. It has a highly unusual set of physical traits that enable it to thrive in a harsh, underground environment. This includes a lack of pain sensation in its skin, and a nearly cold-blooded metabolism. Physical description Typical individuals are 3.15 to 3.94 inches(8 to 10 cm) long and weigh 1.06 to 1.23 ounces (30 to 35 g). Queens are larger...

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  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
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