21 Apr '17, 2am

Naked mole-rats essentially turn into plants when oxygen is low | MNN - Mother Nature Network

Naked mole-rats essentially turn into plants when oxygen is low | MNN - Mother Nature Network

Naked mole-rats definitely rank as some of the most bizarre animals in the world. They live underground in insect-like societies, don't experience pain from acid, and their appearance... well, their appearance speaks for itself. Now scientists have identified another unusual trait of these blind, geriatric-looking rodents: they can survive without oxygen for surprisingly long amounts of time, reports Phys.org . "This is just the latest remarkable discovery about the naked mole-rat — a cold-blooded mammal that lives decades longer than other rodents, rarely gets cancer, and doesn't feel many types of pain," said Thomas Park, professor of biological sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who led the study. The ability to survive without oxygen is certainly interesting, but what's truly extraordinary is how naked mole-rats do it. They become more like plants than ...

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