Monday, November 19, 2012

Naked Mole Rats!

If you're like me, you adore naked mole rats. What's not to love, right? The animal has "naked" in its name. Plus, those teeth? Those whiskers? I just want to snuggle with it and sing ballads.
Then I come across this article by Zoe Cormier in Scientific American:  Cancer Immunity Insights Might Derive from Study of Blind Mole Rats.

First off, HOW DO I GET A SUPER COOL JOB LIKE STUDYING MOLE RATS!?!?

Second, what's the difference between a naked mole rate and a blind mole rat?

And third, holy shit! Blind mole rats might be EVEN cooler than naked ones! Check it out:

Some 23% of humans die of cancer, but blind mole rats — which can live for 21 years, an impressive age among rodents — seem to be immune to the disease.


These little guys KICK ASS.

“These animals are subject to terrific stresses underground: darkness, scarcity of food, immense numbers of pathogens and low oxygen levels. So they have evolved a range of mechanisms to cope with these difficulties,” explains co-author Eviatar Nevo at the University of Haifa in Israel, who has published papers on the creatures since 1961. “I truly believe work with these animals will bring a dramatic revolution in medicine.”


You know who else kicks ass? Dr. Eviatar Nevo. Thank you, Dr. Eviatar Nevo, for over fifty years of blind mole rat study. I can barely manage to follow up on something simple like it's-monday-I-should- make-my-kids-lunch. But maybe, if there were a mole rat involved, I'd do better?

Looking forward to reading more as this research progresses. Go mole rats!

2 comments:

  1. I checked out that naked mole rat - and he is butt ugly. Yo! Urban Mommy - you got vision problems?

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  2. I LOVE naked mole rats! There's nothing wrong with butt ugly in my book.

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Yo!