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Protein found that initiates DNA repair

This article originally appeared on sciencedaily.com. Biologists, geneticists, and other scientists who study the cellular processes of aging have long focused on a gene known as sirtuin 6 (SIRT6) — so much so that it’s been identified as a “longevity gene.” Mice lacking the gene age prematurely, while mice with extra copies live longer. One […]

TED: Why some animals of the same order live much longer than others?

Dr. Vera Gorbunova explains why naked mole rats live much longer than related species. Vera Gorbunova concentrates in particular her researches on the naked mole rat, an underground rodent of East Africa who can live up to 10 times longer that a mouse of the same size, that was elected “vertebrate of the year” in […]

The Inner Beauty of Naked Mole Rats

How do naked mole rats live to 30 years without getting cancer? New research by Vera Gorbunova and Andrei Seluanov of the University of Rochester shows how these aesthetically challenged creatures live long, cancer-free lives.