Recap with Rachel: Elephants rarely get cancer, thanks to this newly found “zombie gene”

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Recap with Rachel: Elephants rarely get cancer, thanks to this newly found “zombie gene”

Until recently, there was little known about why elephants so rarely get cancer. Credit: Rachel Chang / The Foothill Dragon Press

Until recently, there was little known about why elephants so rarely get cancer. Credit: Rachel Chang / The Foothill Dragon Press

Until recently, there was little known about why elephants so rarely get cancer. Credit: Rachel Chang / The Foothill Dragon Press

Until recently, there was little known about why elephants so rarely get cancer. Credit: Rachel Chang / The Foothill Dragon Press

Rachel Chang

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Statistically speaking, elephants should be getting a lot of cancer. But as less than 5 percent of elephants die from it, versus the 25 percent of humans, that’s clearly not what’s happening. A newly found gene, coined the “zombie gene,” gives us new clues as to why. This new information has the potential of inspiring future cancer treatments for humans. Watch this two-minute video to learn more.

Credit: Rachel Chang / The Foothill Dragon Press

 

 

 

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