Whales’ cancer resistance ‘in their genes’

Paris (AFP) Feb 24, 2021
Whales, dolphins and porpoises have two properties that should not in theory go together – they have a long lifespan for mammals and they tend to be resistant to cancer. A new study suggests that the reason is written in their genes. In general, when a creature has more cells in its body, they are expected to be more vulnerable to random mutations that can develop into cancer.

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