Scientists study whale that lives 200 years for clues

January 5, 2015 7:15 PM

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Changes in bow­head genes re­lat­ed to cell di­vi­sion, DNA re­pair, can­cer, and ag­ing may have helped in­crease its longe­vity and can­cer re­sist­ance, ac­cord­ing to the re­search­ers.

“Our un­der­stand­ing of spe­cies’ dif­fer­ences in longe­vity is very poor, and thus our find­ings pro­vide nov­el can­di­date genes for fu­ture stud­ies,” said the study’s sen­ior au­thor, João Pe­dro de Ma­g­a­l­hães of the Uni­vers­ity of Liv­er­pool in the UK.

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