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Blind Mole Rats Use Junk DNA to Combat Cancer
Activation of retrotransposons in the animals’ cancerous cells sets off an innate immune response that triggers cell death.
ABOVE: University of Rochester
Blind Mole Rats Use Junk DNA to Combat Cancer
Blind Mole Rats Use Junk DNA to Combat Cancer

Activation of retrotransposons in the animals’ cancerous cells sets off an innate immune response that triggers cell death.

Activation of retrotransposons in the animals’ cancerous cells sets off an innate immune response that triggers cell death.

ABOVE: University of Rochester
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Naked Mole Rat Colonies Have Their Own Unique Dialects
Amanda Heidt | Feb 4, 2021
Chirp dialects appear to be enforced by the colony’s queen, but scientists aren’t sure how. 
How Evolution Made the Highveld Mole Rat Impervious to Ant Stings
Shawna Williams | Sep 1, 2019
Researchers identify changes to a pain receptor and to an ion channel that appear to enable the rodents to colonize otherwise inhospitable burrows.
Contributors
The Scientist Staff | Jun 1, 2012
Meet some of the people featured in the June 2012 issue of The Scientist.
Digging the Underground Life
Thomas J. Park and Rochelle Buffenstein | Jun 1, 2012
A rare peek inside the subterranean home of the naked mole-rat
Avant-Garde Science
Mary Beth Aberlin | Jun 1, 2012
Why naked mole-rats and experimental gene therapies remind me of groundbreaking artists.
Underground Supermodels
Thomas J. Park and Rochelle Buffenstein | Jun 1, 2012
What can a twentysomething naked mole-rat tell us about fighting pain, cancer, and aging?