July 27, 2018

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      Elephants hardly ever have cancer.

Why elephants hardly have cancer?

      Why? Well… Elephants’ cells contain 40 copies of the p 53 gene. This gene is a tumor suppressor.

Magic Gene

      Humans have just two copies of this gene – one from each parent. But some people have only one p 53 gene. As a consequence, they develop the Li-Fraumeni syndrome.

Dr. Joshua Schiffman, an oncologist, had cancer when he was a teen

      This syndrome increases the risk of developing some types of cancer, particularly in children and young adults.

      Now oncologists like Dr. Schiffman, who had cancer when he was a teen, may have an explanation for it. Maybe they can use this magic gene to protect people from cancer.

This post was written by our Moby Duck Student Gabriela Booz Ramos. Thank you Gabi!

Wanna know more?  Access the originals https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-care/why-don-t-elephants-get-cancer-new-gene-study-explains-n854321 , https://www.nbcnews.com/health/cancer/why-elephants-don-t-get-cancer-n441141 and https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/li-fraumeni-syndrome  to expand your medical  culture.

IMAGE COURTESY:

• 1: http://www.newsweek.com/2015/10/16/researchers-studying-elephants-improve-cancer-treatment-380822.html
• 2: https://www.google.com.br/search?q=P+53+AND+THE+ELEPHANTS&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjym4DYpLHbAhVRX60KHR6xD8kQ_AUICigB&biw=1200&bih=531#imgrc=vvDBwD30F1hUnM:
• 3: https://elephantcountry.org/article/researchers-want-know-how-elephants-fight-disease

IMAGE COURTESY: TODAS AS IMAGENS INTERNAS AO POST:
• http://www.newsweek.com/2015/10/16/researchers-studying-elephants-improve-cancer-treatment-380822.html

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