What A 200-Year-Old Whale Is Teaching Scientists About Aging
Scientists who sequenced the Bowhead Whale's genome say the longest-lived mammal's DNA may hold clues to long life, and potential cancer treatments.By Sebastian Martinez | January 6, 2015
The Bowhead whale can live to be 200 years old or more, and now scientists are hoping clues to longevity could be found in the whale's DNA.
As the longest-lived mammal, scientists hoped sequencing the Bowhead whale's genome would shed light on how the whale's DNA is adapted to living so long. (Video via Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego)
In their findings, published Tuesday, the researchers say they were able to compare the whale's genes to that of other animals and that some genes associated with increased cancer risk in humans had been deactivated.