Latest Vera Gorbunova Stories

Naked Mole Rat Longevity Perfect Proteins
2013-10-01 08:41:31

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers from the University of Rochester believe they have discovered the secret behind the longevity of the world’s longest-lived rodent: the creatures produce better protein than other members of their order. Naked mole rats, which typically live approximately 30 years and tend to remain healthy until their final days, possess a unique mechanism for building proteins, according to a recently-published study from research...

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...

2011-06-16 21:29:36

Findings could lead to treatments to prevent premature aging and cancer Cells in the human body are constantly being exposed to stress from environmental chemicals or errors in routine cellular processes. While stress can cause damage, it can also provide the stimulus for undoing the damage. New research by a team of scientists at the University of Rochester has unveiled an important new mechanism that allows cells to recognize when they are under stress and prime the DNA repair machinery to...

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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  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.