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   Scientists discover that blind mole rats are so ugly that even cancers want nothing to do with them. Still no cure for... oh wait

06 Nov 2012 08:37 AM   |   4291 clicks   |   Scientific American
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Pants full of macaroni!!     
So I'm safe then?

/fugly

06 Nov 2012 08:50 AM
Deep Contact     
The trick is to live underground, void of food, oxygen and cable news.

06 Nov 2012 08:58 AM
cgraves67     
Finally, an upside to being a hideous, malformed beastman.

06 Nov 2012 09:03 AM
thebpem     
CSB
I had sexy time with a girl once after nerding out with her about how cool those little guys were.
/CSB

They also don't feel pain... and you thought honey badgers don't care...

06 Nov 2012 09:09 AM
pinguwin     
I make a point of bringing up naked mole rats at work whenever possible or at least once a day.

/whichever is greater.

06 Nov 2012 09:15 AM
ThatBillmanGuy     

thebpem: CSB
I had sexy time with a girl once after nerding out with her about how cool those little guys were.
/CSB

They also don't feel pain... and you thought honey badgers don't care...


Seriously? That worked, huh? I once dated a girl.who loved Final Fantasy, but never had sexy time after nerding out over it.

06 Nov 2012 09:20 AM
LoneWolf343     

thebpem: CSB
I had sexy time with a girl once after nerding out with her about how cool those little guys were.
/CSB

They also don't feel pain... and you thought honey badgers don't care...


That's because they look like penises.

06 Nov 2012 09:23 AM
kd8our     

Deep Contact: The trick is to live underground, void of food, oxygen and cable news.


Pretty much. These guys have a very slow metabolism for mammals. Perhaps a bigger reason this rodent lives to be 2 decades. Most rodents live 1-3 years, most being done before they see a 2nd year. If I recall these guys have practically lost the ability to thermoregulate like most mammals. Not needed in those conditions.

Now I would be impressed with an animal like a squirrel having cancer resisting properties. They live around 7-15 years and have a cracked out metabolism.

06 Nov 2012 09:32 AM
chatikh     
This was already known about mole rats. They have additional cancer-preventing genes. This means that more of their genes have to be inactivated before a cell becomes cancerous. I read about this years ago.

06 Nov 2012 10:44 AM
I May Be Crazy But...     

thebpem: CSB
I had sexy time with a girl once after nerding out with her about how cool those little guys were.
/CSB

They also don't feel pain... and you thought honey badgers don't care...


CSB, from me. I had sexy time with a girl once.

/Insert "...and many guys" joke here.

06 Nov 2012 11:00 AM
Leeds     
First sharks, now mole rats.

Doubling the sample pool has got to make the research easier.

06 Nov 2012 11:16 AM
ciberido     

Deep Contact: The trick is to live underground, void of food, oxygen and cable news.


So ... Farkers don't get cancer, then?

06 Nov 2012 11:40 AM
Chainsaw Turd Elf     
There was an article in the Fark Geek tab maybe a year or two ago about why naked mole rats will become the next dominant species. It was a good article. Why don't one of you nerds look it up.

06 Nov 2012 11:53 AM
correct horse battery staple     

Chainsaw Turd Elf: There was an article in the Fark Geek tab maybe a year or two ago about why naked mole rats will become the next dominant species. It was a good article. Why don't one of you nerds look it up.


Naked mole rats (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naked_mo le_rat) are not the same as the blind mole rats (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spalax) discussed in this study, but naked mole rats seem to share the anti-cancer super powers.

Naked mole rats are right wacky as a mammalian species because they have an queen-and-drones society reminiscent of social insects. Crazy inbreeding + matriarchy = no cancer?

06 Nov 2012 02:04 PM
dbrunker     
Rufus looks offended.
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06 Nov 2012 03:05 PM
I Read Fark For the Pictures     
As God is my witness, I have never seen a fuzzy penis with feet. TFA has a picture of a fuzzy penis with feet. Never seen that...

06 Nov 2012 07:21 PM
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