Cure for Cancer?

If you've been reading this blog for an significant length of time, then you know of my near reverence for the naked mole-rat. For one, they're hairless rodents -- instant launch to the top of any ugly animal list. But beyond that, they've got some amazing characteristics.

They are the only mammals that are cold-blooded (they maintain their body heat by cuddling and staying underground), are hive-minded (like ants), and are able to enlarge their spine (the queen does, when she ascends the throne). Additionally, their teeth grow outside their lips, so they can keep their mouths closed when they burrow with their teeth. They're known to be incredibly gregarious and curious.

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But there's something else about them that has scientists reeling: they're immune to cancer. Us vertebrates have a gene called p27 which serves as our main defense against cancer. But cancers have found ways to circumvent p27, thereby allowing the cancerous cells to proliferate themselves. But naked mole-rats are unique in that they have an additional gene called p16, which stops cancers cold, by preventing the affected cells from replicating themselves.

Is it possible that future humans will be sporting the naked mole-rate p16 in their own DNA? Perhaps the world will become a better place, with us becoming more gregarious. But then we might also become cold-blooded troglodytes that are prone to burrowing and shunning that bright orb hanging in the sky...

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Top 33 World’s Strangest Buildings

1. Mind House (Barcelona, Spain)

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2. The Crooked House (Sopot, Poland)

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3. Stone House (Guimarães, Portugal)

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4. Lotus Temple (Delhi, India)

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5. Cathedral of Brasilia (Brazil)

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6. La Pedrera (Barcelona, Spain)

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7. Atomium (Brussels, Belgium)

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8. Museum of Contemporary Art (Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

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9. Kansas City Library (Missouri, USA)

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10. Low impact woodland house (Wales, UK)

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11. Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao, Spain)

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12. Rotating Tower, Dubai, UAE

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Have you ever seen a building in motion that actually changes its shape? Sounds unbelievable but not to Dr. David Fisher. This building will never appear exactly the same twice.
It is amazing but you will have the choice of waking up to sunrise in your bedroom and enjoying sunsets over the ocean at dinner.
In addition to being such an incredible engineering miracle it will produce energy for itself and even for other buildings because it will have wind turbines fitted between each rotating floor (picture 2). So an 80-story building will have up to 79 wind turbines, making it a true green power plant.

13. Habitat 67 (Montreal, Canada)

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14. Casa da musica (Porto, Portugal)

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15. Olympic Stadium (Montreal, Canada)

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16. Nautilus House (Mexico City, Mexico)


17. The National Library (Minsk, Belarus)

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18. National Theatre (Beijing, China)

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19. Conch Shell House, Isla Mujeres, Mexico

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20. House Attack (Viena, Austria)

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21. Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Egypt)

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22. Cubic Houses (Kubus woningen) (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

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23. Ideal Palace (France)

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24. The Church of Hallgrimur, Reykjavik, Iceland

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25. Eden project (United Kingdom)

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26. The Museum of Play (Rochester , USA)

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27. Atlantis (Dubai, UAE)

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28. Montreal Biosphere (Canada)

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29. Wonderworks (Pigeon Forge, TN, USA)

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30. The Basket Building (Ohio, USA)

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31. Kunsthaus (Graz, Austria)

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32. Forest Spiral (Darmstadt, Germany)

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33. Wooden Gagster House (Archangelsk, Russia)

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