Naked Mole Rat

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A virtually hairless and partially poikilothermic rodent—whimsically known as a sabre-toothed sausage—which is native to the horn of Africa. Naked mole rats are the most interactive of all vertebrates, and have a social structure similar to bees and other eusocial organisms
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Both the hyaluronan discovery and the protein synthesis fidelity discovery caused the prestigious journal Science to name the naked mole rat "Vertebrate of the Year" for 2013.
HMW-HA is recycled slowly by naked mole rats, which allows for the chemical to build up in naked mole rat tissue.
Dr Joao Pedro Magalhaes, from the Institute of Integrative Biology, said: "The naked mole rat has fascinated scientists for many years, but it was not until a few years ago we discovered it could live for such a long period of time.
2) Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of cells, which can quickly lead to a crowding of cells--something that the biology of naked mole rats prevents.
They then showed that when HMW-HA was removed, the cells became susceptible to tumors, confirming that the chemical did play a role in making naked mole rats cancer-proof.
After further research I determined that the contact inhibition and cancer resistance in naked mole rats is due to high levels of a molecule called hyaluronan between the cells.
Three years ago, Seluanov and Gorbunova determined the anti-cancer mechanism in the naked mole rat.
Naked mole rats have a slightly different version of the sodium channel--named Navl.
Naked mole rats can live for 30 years - reproducing to the end, looking young and showing little decline in brain power or bone structure.
When Jarvis first brought a colony of naked mole rats back to her lab, she struggled to find suitable burrows.
While a common rat has an average three-year life span, naked mole rat, a subterranean rodent native to East Africa, can live for 10 to 30 year.
As in coalitions of creatures such as ants and naked mole rats, Crespi adds, bacterial colonies often feature a division of labor in which some members rarely or never reproduce but nonetheless provide other critical services to the community.