Why don't elephants get cancer?
Animals like elephants and whales are made up of many more cells than a human, or a mouse, and they live far longer. Yet they hardly ever get cancer - and the big question is why? Plus, revolutions in genetics, and a magical gene of the month. This is the Naked Genetics podcast for November 2015 with me, Dr Kat Arney, brought to you in association with The Genetics Society, online at genetics.org.uk.
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Professor Mel Greaves, to solve cancer we need to take a wider look at
cancer across species, including taking an evolutionary perspective.
Another researcher who’s trying to solve Peto’s Paradox by taking an
evolutionary view is Athena Aktipis from Arizona State University.
osh Schiffman, a children’s cancer doctor working at the University of Utah,
has found out why elephants don't get cancer.
I caught up with JBS Haldane lecturer Alison Woollard to find out more
about Haldane himself, and her revolutionary ideas.
And finally it’s time for our Gene of the Month, and this time it’s Merlin.