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Genetics & Longevity: Life lessons from the naked mole-rat

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Looking like a cocktail sausage with legs and teeth, the naked mole-rat is a bizarre looking beast, but its biology is even more fascinating. Cold-blooded and eusocial, this naked mammal lives for 30+ years in rude health (queens continue to give birth until they die) demonstrating great resistance to cancer, hypoxia and hypercapnia with no overt signs of neurodegeneration. This talk will introduce the naked mole-rat as a model organism for biomedical research and highlight why it may be of particular use with regard to studying longevity.

This talk is part of the Cambridge University Longevity Society Talks series.

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