Cancer is much less common in elephants than in humans, even though the big beasts’ bodies have many more cells. Now researchers think they may have an explanation — one they say might someday lead to new ways to protect people from cancer.
Elephants’ cells contain 40 copies of a major cancer-suppressing gene called p53. Humans have just two – one from each parent. The gene helps damaged cells repair themselves or self-destruct when exposed to cancer-causing substances. Interesting to think about where that will lead us in research and treatment.
So while an elephant “never forgets”, perhaps their DNA will teach us how to “forget” cancer in future generations.
This animation by Elara Systems is a great example of presenting statistics and information in a way that is interesting and memorable.