Mole rats may hold secret to long life


THEY may not be the prettiest creatures, but naked mole rats may hold the secret to longevity. They can live for nearly 30 years longer than any other rodent. Ageing is often blamed on the oxidising compounds we produce in our bodies, which gradually wear down DNA and proteins. These damaged molecules then go on to wreak havoc in cells. Yet ageing naked mole rats have similar levels of oxidants to mice that live to be just 3½. To investigate,
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