Why elephants rarely get cancer: Potential mechanism identified that may be key to cancer resistance

Interesting article on why elephants with who have 100 x more cells than humans have less cancer occurrence instead of more. Researchers found that:

have 38 additional modified copies (alleles) of a gene that encodes p53, a well-defined tumor suppressor, as compared to humans, who have only two”

So more encoded P53 has an influence on cancer occurence. That supports a hypothesis that if we can encourage our lone 2 genes to produce more P53 that may help us too.

Here the link:

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-10-elephants-rarely-cancer-potential-mechanism.html

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