Elephants rarely get cancer, Science solves the mystery

Scientists have been busy for years trying to figure out why some animals did not get cancer, such as elephants and whales


With the multiplicity of hypotheses, which went to that the size of these huge animals, protects them from the causes of cancer, an American this scientist found a unique gene in the elephants, protect them from malignant disease

Crabs occur when a DNA gene mutates, allowing cells to grow and multiply in a harmful and out of control manner

Scientists believe that larger animals are made up of more cells, so cancer genes need more time to be fatal with large animals

Since then, scientists have made dozens of hypotheses to see why cancer does not attack elephants. Perhaps the most common answer is that large animals have more anti-cancer defenses, until scientists finally solved the mystery, and it doesn”t dependent on their size

The elephants have a gene that works to revive another destructive gene, and tasked with the task of killing cancer cells, the same has been found on other animals, including bats

The life-saving gene, known as LIF6, targets cells that are about to turn into cancerous tumors and destroy them.

Through experiments, the researchers found that when elephant cells begin to be exposed to cancer-causing damage, the tumors gradually decrease by triggering the life-saving defense system, the LIF6 gene.

Scientists hope to find drugs that mimic the effect of cancer-resistant genes and develop new revolutionary treatments for future cancer patients

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