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  • Blind mole-rats are resistant to chemically induced cancers

    Mark Band, the director of functional genomics at the University of Illinois Biotechnology Center, and his colleagues study the blind mole-rat's extraordinary cancer-resistance.

    Mark Band, the director of functional genomics at the University of Illinois Biotechnology Center, and his colleagues study the blind mole-rat's extraordinary cancer-resistance.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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      Mark Band, the director of functional genomics at the University of Illinois Biotechnology Center, and his colleagues study the blind mole-rat's extraordinary cancer-resistance.

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      Blind mole-rats (genus Spalax) can live more than 20 years, are resistant to cancer and tolerate extremely low-oxygen environments.

      Photo courtesy of Institute of Evolution, University of Haifa, Israel

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  • To reach Mark Band, call 217-244-3930; email markband@illinois.edu. The paper, “Pronounced Cancer Resistance in a Subterranean Rodent, the Blind Mole-Rat, Spalax: In Vivo and In Vitro Evidence,” is available online or from the U. of I. News Bureau.