elephant genes can fight canser

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/elephants-rarely-develop-cancer

when i went on the internet i found this "Dr. Joshua D. Schiffman, a pediatric oncologist, was on a normal trip to Salt Lake City's Hogle Zoo in 2012 with his three children when he stumbled across an unlikely source of inspiration that would feed his current cancer research - elephant blood. The zoo's elephant caretaker Eric Peterson was explaining how the animals flap their large ears in order to circulate blood throughout the body when a light bulb went off in head."

and when i went deeper int o the text i found this " the findings are surprising, and that further elephant study could potentially lead to new developments in human cancer treatments. He added that there is a line of thinking that humans develop cancer so frequently because they "don't live the lifestyles they were evolved to live." From the lack of exercise to eating unhealthy foods, he said that modern humans have put themselves on a somewhat unnatural track".

and some other info you may want to know "had previously studied blood samples from African elephants and this gave him the opportunity to see if this cancer-fighting genetic capability extended beyond the sample group he was studying. The answer was yes, and Thursday, the circus's parent company, Feld Entertainment, announced a new funding effort to support this continued elephant research".

"The circus has also pledged to donate $10,000 to the local children's hospital or treatment center in the next 50 cities it tours through. The Ringling Bros. Children's Fund will then match each donation with an additional $10,000 to the Primary Children's Hospital Pediatric Cancer Research Program".

"The partnership is something of a win-win between Schiffman's team and the circus. The exposure surrounding this cancer research also underscores theimportance of elephant conservation, Schiffman added.

"Moving forward, what's next? Schiffman said it could be interesting to study the blood of other large animals, like whales and the naked mole rat that reportedly display low risks for cancer. Ultimately, Schiffman - who is a childhood cancer survivor himself - added that it is important to continue to find treatments and possible solutions for those with the disease.

"Ironically, the zoo is less than a mile from where I live and not much more than a couple miles from where I work," Schiffman said. "Every day I would drive by the zoo without realizing that the potential secrets to cancer prevention were right behind the zoo walls."