• Kyoko MIURA
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Molecular biology / Cell biology

“Looking Back and Looking Ahead: Comments from Alumni after Completing the Period of Tenure-Track Faculty”

Naked mole-rat (NMR) is one of only two eusocial mammals like ant or bee. Surprisingly, NMR’s maximum lifespan exceeds 30 years although their body size is same of mouse. They show lack of an age-related increase in mortality and high fecundity until death, indicating their negligible senescence. Moreover, these animals have never been observed any spontaneous tumor formation. We are trying to identify the genes contributing to the NMR’s negligible senescence and cancer resistance. Ultimately, we will create “senescence- and cancer-resistant” transgenic mice by introducing selected naked mole-rat genes.