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The mysterious gene that helps elephants fight cancer

Common sense would hold that elephants should get cancer often, as they’re huge animals – with tons of cells that could mutate and lead to cancer. Yet they’re no more likely than small animals to get cancer. A new study could explain why. Researchers found that elephants have an “anti-cancer” gene that targets and kills cells with damaged DNA.

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