Why don’t whales get cancer?

Why don’t whales get cancer?

Credit: Maria T Hoffman, Adobe Photo Stock

Whales, dolphins and porpoises are the world’s largest and longest-living mammals – and they can resist cancer. 

Why these cetaceans and other large animals evade this scourge has long perplexed scientists, who reason that organisms with more cells should have a higher risk of cancerous mutations – a dilemma known as Peto’s paradox.


Published by Cosmos.

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