A compilation of images, including a dog, a blind mole rat, and cell micrographs
Our Favorite Cancer Stories of 2021
This year revealed just how much scientists have learned about the disease, from how animals become naturally cancer-resistant to how tumor cells harness extracellular DNA to develop rapid drug resistance.
ABOVE: NEIL POLLOCK, MEDICAL DETECTION DOGS; © MURPHYSCIENCEART.COM; KRISTEN TURNER; UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER; O. SAYDAM ET AL., FRONT CELL DEV BIOL, 2021.
Our Favorite Cancer Stories of 2021
Our Favorite Cancer Stories of 2021

This year revealed just how much scientists have learned about the disease, from how animals become naturally cancer-resistant to how tumor cells harness extracellular DNA to develop rapid drug resistance.

This year revealed just how much scientists have learned about the disease, from how animals become naturally cancer-resistant to how tumor cells harness extracellular DNA to develop rapid drug resistance.

ABOVE: NEIL POLLOCK, MEDICAL DETECTION DOGS; © MURPHYSCIENCEART.COM; KRISTEN TURNER; UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER; O. SAYDAM ET AL., FRONT CELL DEV BIOL, 2021.

junk dna

blind mole rat
Blind Mole Rats Use Junk DNA to Combat Cancer
Ruth Williams | Sep 30, 2021
Activation of retrotransposons in the animals’ cancerous cells sets off an innate immune response that triggers cell death.
Cancer-Specific Antigens Encoded in “Junk” DNA
Carolyn Wilke | Apr 1, 2019
Researchers found that allegedly noncoding genetic material carries the instructions for many peptides that may help harness the immune system to fight cancer.
Most of Human Genome Nonfunctional: Study
Kerry Grens | Jul 17, 2017
An estimate derived from fertility rates concludes that at least 75 percent of our DNA has no critical utility.