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Researchers break down DNA of world's largest mammals to discover how whales defy the cancer odds

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09/05/2019

Tollis led a team of scientists from Arizona State University, the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, the Center for Coastal Studies in Massachusetts and nine other institutions worldwide to study potential cancer suppression mechanisms in cetaceans, the mammalian group that includes whales, dolphins and porpoises. Their findings, which picked apart the genome of the humpback whale, as well as the genomes of nine other cetaceans, in order to determine how their cancer defenses are so effective, were published today in Molecular Biology and Evolution.

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  1. Return to the sea, get huge, beat cancer: An analysis of cetacean genomes including an assembly for the humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

    Tollis, M., Robbins, J., Webb, A. E., Kuderna, L. F. K., Caulin, A. F., Garcia, J. D., Bèrubè, M., Pourmand, N., Marques-Bonet, T., O'Connell, M. J., Palsbøll, P. J. & Maley, C. C., 9-May-2019, In : Molecular Biology and Evolution. msz099.

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