Volume 95 Issue 17 | p. 4 | News of The Week
Issue Date: April 24, 2017 | Web Date: April 20, 2017

How naked mole rats survive oxygen deprivation

The quirky mammals rewire their metabolism to endure suffocating situations, study finds
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: biochemistry, naked mole-rat, oxygen, asphyxiation

Naked mole rats are famous for their lovable ugliness, their extremely long lives, their ability to evade cancer, and now, too, their capacity to survive without oxygen for 18 minutes. This suffocating experience would kill a mouse—a mammal of similar size, albeit with significantly more hair. According to a new study, the naked mole rat manages the feat by altering its metabolism (Science 2017, DOI: 10.1126/science.aan1505).

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