Chemical in Naked Mole Rat Makes It Resistant to Cancer, Say Researchers
A group of researchers at the University of Rochester has identified a new chemical. The same is being claimed to have the ability of preventing the naked mole rat from developing cancer.
As per the findings, naked mole rats are wrinkly and bald rodents. Also, these are buck-teethed, which live up to 30 years of age i. e. decades longer as compared to other rodents. Reportedly, these creatures are resistant to pain and cancer. They probably have the ability to survive with little oxygen in underground conditions.
Lately, cellular samples from the animals had been taken by the biologists as they looked for hints to their resistance to cancer. It was then that the gooey substance was discovered that blocked their equipment.
It has been told that it was a red flag since that viscosity was not with other cell cultures from other rodents, including mice and guinea pigs, or humans. Testing the substance, it came out as high molecular weight hyaluronan (HMW-HA).
The team said that the chemical could help in developing effective cancer treatments down the road.
"A lot of cancer research focuses on animals that are prone to cancer. We think it's possible to learn strategies for preventing tumors by studying animals that are cancer-proof", avowed biology professor, Vera Gorbunova.