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Scientists Are Studying Bats For Vital Clues For Cancer Prevention

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Here's Today's Feel-Good Story:

A new study shows that bats have been able to evolve to avoid cancer and the data could be used to uncover how humans can treat and prevent cancer as well.

By looking at the DNA, researchers have been able to discover which proteins suppress cancer.

“By generating these new bat genomes and comparing them to other mammals we continue to find extraordinary new adaptations in antiviral and anticancer genes,” said the paper’s lead author, Armin Scheben.

“These investigations are the first step towards translating research on the unique biology of bats into insights relevant to understanding and treating aging and diseases, such as cancer, in humans.”

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