Researchers have discovered a gene that can protect elephants from cancer. An estimated 17 percent of humans worldwide die from cancer, but less than five percent of captive elephants—who live for about 70 years, and have about 100 times as many potentially cancerous cells as humans—die from the disease. “ThisContinue Reading

Researchers have developed a technique that offers new insight into “cellular memory.” The cells in our body divide constantly throughout life. But how do cells remember whether to develop into a skin, liver, or intestinal cell? It’s a question that has puzzled scientists for many years. With the new research,Continue Reading

A little stress can be good for cellular health, find molecular biologists. The work will help researchers better understand the molecular mechanisms that drive aging and risk for age-associated degenerative diseases. In a genetic study of the transparent roundworm C. elegans, the research team found that signals from mildly stressedContinue Reading