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University of Rochester researchers transferred a longevity gene from naked mole rats to mice, boosting health and extending their lifespan.
The gene for high molecular weight hyaluronic acid (HMW-HA) in naked mole rats boosts their cancer resistance.
The study showed that mice that had the naked mole rat version of the gene had a 4.4% increase in median lifespan.
These findings could lead to longer, healthier lives by advancing treatments for cancer and age-related diseases.
The researchers are currently conducting pre-clinical trials of molecules that slow down the degradation of HMW-HA.
Research led by Vera Gorbunova and Andrei Seluanov was published in Nature.