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Naked mole rat can survive with hardly any oxygen


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Long-lived for its size and rarely gets cancer.

Oxygen level of 5 per cent (compared to 20% in air) kills mice within 15 minutes but naked mole rats just carry on as normal.

When oxygen drops too low they release fructose into their bloodstream , and the sugar is taken up by heart and brain cells to keep critical systems running.

The study was published in the Science journal.

COMMENT: I wonder if this is related to the extreme longevity?

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Research institute in Berlin, Germany.


Peer-reviewed academic online journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)


Professor in Department of Biological Sciences at UIC.