Scientists have recently completed the full genome sequencing of the longest living mammal on earth, the Bowhead whale which can live more than 200 years. This could help pave ways for better understanding of the ageing process, which is quite slow in this mammal’s case as discussed above.
Scientists have observed remarkable differences in the bowhead’s genes related to DNA repair, cancer, cell cycle and ageing process which could help them better understand the specie’s lifespan.
Lead researcher João Pedro de Magalhães from the University of Liverpool said: “This is the largest mammal whose genome has been sequenced and also amongst the first big whale species to be sequenced as well”.
“By identifying unique cell maintenance and repair processes, we would be able to identify what is the secret for living longer lives and we may also be able apply this knowledge to improve our own health and preserve human lives as well,” he further added.
These mammals who live longer than any other mammal are also one of the largest creatures as well. They can reach up to 18 meters long and are also one of the heaviest just behind their Blue Whale cousins. They also have a unique anti tumor response mechanism at the cell level which is far more efficient than ours.