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Are turtles somehow more resistant to cancer?

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Are turtles somehow more resistant to cancer?

Postby DayOldPorridge » Thu Dec 20, 2007 11:54 pm

The reason I'm asking is because, as turtles have the enzyme telomerase to prevent telomere shortening, and therefore prevent its cells from reaching senescence, wouldn't this increase the risk of cancer like 100%? Do they get cancer more or less often than humans do?

This question also applies to lobsters, alligators, and any other species who show negligible cell senescence.
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Postby MichaelXY » Fri Dec 21, 2007 12:00 am

Look up Fibropapilloma
http://www.turtles.org/tumour.htm
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