Title How whales defy the cancer odds: Good genes Degree of recognition International Media name/outlet ScienceDaily Media type Web Country/Territory United States Date 10/05/2019 Description Researchers break down DNA of world's largest mammals
Scientists have studied potential cancer suppression mechanisms in cetaceans, the mammalian group that includes whales, dolphins and porpoises. Biologists picked apart the genome of the humpback whale, as well as the genomes of nine other cetaceans, in order to determine how their cancer defenses are so effective.
Producer/Author Arizona State University URL https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190510091342.htm Persons Per Palsboll Title Researchers break down DNA of world's largest mammals to discover how whales defy the cancer odds Degree of recognition International Media name/outlet Phys.org Media type Web Country/Territory United States Date 09/05/2019 Description Scientists know that age and weight are risk factors in the development of cancer. That should mean that whales, which include some of the largest and longest-lived animals on Earth, have an outsized risk of developing cancer. But they don't. Instead, they are less likely to develop or die of this enigmatic disease. The same is true of elephants and dinosaurs' living relatives, birds. Marc Tollis, an assistant professor in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems at Northern Arizona University, wants to know why. Producer/Author Northern Arizona University URL https://phys.org/news/2019-05-dna-world-largest-mammals-whales.html Persons Per Palsboll, Martine Bérubé