Another piece to the puzzle in naked mole rats’ long, cancer-free life: Naked mole rats do experience cellular senescence, yet continue to live long, healthy lives. Their senescent cells display unique features that may contribute to cancer resistance and longevity, as reported in PNAS this week.

In a surprising finding, Rochester biologists have shown that naked mole rats experience the same cellular senescence as much shorter-lived mice, yet they continue to live long, cancer-free lives.

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