Creatures in the animal kingdom, from tiny ones like wasps to the largest mammals on earth, the elephants, possess characteristic defence mechanisms against one of the most deadly and, unfortunately, common illnesses: cancer.
In my previous blog post , I wrote about Brazilian wasps having a protein (Polybia-MP1) that could help fight cancer.
In this post, I focus on the descendants of the mammoth: elephants.
Now cancer patients are rarely elephants even though by convention, they should be extremely cancer-prone. The theory behind this is that every time a cell divides, the DNA divides. Every time a DNA divides, there is a chance for mutation(s), which paves the path for formation of cancerous cells. So every time a cell divides, an organism is a step closer to mutated DNA and since larger animals have more cells, theoretically they should have more chances for mutation and hence, cancer.
Therefore, the massive elephant should have cancer more often than humans. But that is not in the case. Continue reading “A Mammoth Discovery…”