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December 25, 2015 8:42 am

Israeli Scientists Find Clue to Cancer Prevention, Cure in Elephants

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Elephants in a national park. Israeli researchers have located a protein in the animal that keeps it from getting cancer. Photo: Wikipedia.

Elephants in a national park. Israeli researchers have located a protein in the animal that keeps it from getting cancer. Photo: Wikipedia.

Israeli scientists have discovered a cancer-fighting gene in elephants which could be used to cure the disease in humans, Israel’s Channel 10 reported on Thursday.

Avi Schroeder, assistant professor of chemical engineering at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, told Channel 10 about the find, explaining that elephants, whose physiology is similar to that of human beings, almost never develop cancer, due to a gene that immunizes them.

Schroeder’s colleague, Dr. Joshua D. Schiffman, a pediatric oncologist from Utah, researched elephant cells and discovered a protein called P-53 — also possessed by humans — that is the source of this immunization.

Schroeder noted that while the P-53 protein in humans and elephants “is completely identical,” there are 19 variants of it found in elephants. It is the variances, he said, which provide elephants with a higher level of protection than humans. And the key now is utilizing the properties of the “elephant” protein to immunize humans from the disease.

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  • Alter

    Study published in Cell Cycle: Extreme Low Carb diet (prolonged glucose deprivation) kills mutant p-53 gene expression.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3610718/

  • Marie levy

    Brilliant scientists theses wonderful Israelis! Now if they can just find a cure for all of these sick anti- Semites! Maybe they can eradicate that virulent disease too?

  • Israel and the Jews consonantly work on research and development to better Humanity!!!
    What is does the Muslim world do in the meantime? All they want is death and distractions and destroy Israel.

  • Retired

    Big deal!
    Doctor Otto Warburg had it figured out 90 years ago!
    The main problem with his theory was there was no profit to made out of it

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