Why Bowhead Whales Live for 200 Years Without Cancer

January 6, 2015 12:35 PM

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The bowhead whale can live for over 200 years with little evidence of age-related disease. Now, scientists have taken a closer look at this whale to find out why that is, which may provide untapped insights into how to live a long and healthy life.

"Our understanding of species' differences in longevity is very poor, and thus our findings provide novel candidate genes for future studies," said Joao Pedro de Magalhaes, the senior author of the new study, in a news release. "My view is that species evolved different 'tricks' to have a longer lif...

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