Published 10 February 2024 at 10.47
Foreign. Wild wolves in Chernobyl have mutated and developed resistance to cancer, reports Sky News. Now the researchers hope that the resistance can contribute to the development of vaccines against cancer.
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The radiation in the area should actually give the wolves cancer, but it has not turned out that way .
For several generations, the wolves have been exposed to radiation levels that are six times higher than what is considered safe for humans, but still manage without cancer.
Evolutionary biologist Cara Love at Priceton University has researched the wolves' immune system and discovered that it changed in the same way as in cancer patients who received radiation treatment.
The wolves had also received genetic mutations indicating that they had become more resistant to cancer.
Love now hope that the findings will be able to contribute to a drug against cancer.