Elephants rarely get cancer thanks to 'zombie gene,' study finds: 'Humans and other animals carry one copy of a "master tumor suppressor" gene. Elephants have 20 copies. Scientists found that gene can trigger a "zombie gene" to come back to life with a new purpose: killing cells in damaged DNA.'
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Less than five percent of elephants die from cancer, and researchers may have discovered why. According to a study from The University of Chicago, elephants produce pseudogenes, or "zombie genes" that target and kill cells in damaged DNA.


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