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!