Naked mole-rats feel almost no pain, and that's not their only intriguing feature. Their brains and hearts can also function even when oxygen is severely limited. The homely animals are a fascinating research object.
When oxygen runs low, mammals like humans and mice have a hard time. Brain cells face an energy shortage and start dying. Not so for the East African naked mole-rat! The strange-looking animal has a back-up plan.
The naked mole-rat is an amazing animal and has long been something of a puzzle. The desert rodent feels no pain and ages incredibly slowly. Could humans not take a leaf out of their book?
It may sound like something out of Frankenstein, but it’s a milestone in the field of brain surgery. By implanting micro-electrodes in the brain, doctors can prevent the trembling that accompanies Parkinson’s disease.
No one knows just how many American football players walk away from the sport with a permanent type of brain damage known as CTE. But new research on woodpeckers could lead to long-term prevention therapies.
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