mole rat


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mole rat

 (mōl)
n.
1. Any of several furry burrowing rodents of the genus Spalax and related genera in the family Spalacidae, having short limbs and reduced eyes and found in eastern Europe, central Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.
2. Any of several burrowing rodents of the family Bathyergidae, having short limbs and reduced eyes and found in sub-Saharan Africa.

mole rat

n
1. (Animals) any burrowing molelike African rodent of the family Bathyergidae
2. (Animals) any similar rodent, esp any member of the genus Spalax, of Asia and North Africa: family Spalacidae
3. (Animals) the bandicoot rat. See bandicoot2
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mole rat - African rodent resembling a mole in habits and appearancemole rat - African rodent resembling a mole in habits and appearance
gnawer, rodent - relatively small placental mammals having a single pair of constantly growing incisor teeth specialized for gnawing
2.mole rat - furry short-limbed tailless rodent resembling a true mole in habits and appearance; of eastern Europe and Middle East
gnawer, rodent - relatively small placental mammals having a single pair of constantly growing incisor teeth specialized for gnawing
genus Spalax, Spalax - type genus of the Spalacidae
3.mole rat - burrowing scaly-tailed rat of India and Ceylon
rat - any of various long-tailed rodents similar to but larger than a mouse
genus Nesokia, Nesokia - bandicoot rats
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The Pothwar plateau is a habitat of seven rodent species (Roberts, 1997); the lesser bandicoot rat (Bandicota bengalensis), the short-tailed mole rat (Nesokia indica), the Indian gerbil (Tatera indica), the soft-furred field rat (Millardia meltada), the desert jird (Meriones hurrianae), the bush rat (Golunda ellioti) and Mus species.
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1969a: Mole rat Spalax: evolutionary significance of chromosome variation.
Cancer is the cause of death in nearly all laboratory mice that die naturally, but cancer has never been observed in a naked mole rat. Normal cells are limited in the number of times they can divide, but cancer cells often have the enzyme telomerase, which allows them to divide an unlimited number of times.
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In fact, when naked mole rat cells are induced to form a tumor, the rodents stop the threat almost immediately.
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Led by Andrei Seluanov and Vera Gorbunova, researchers discovered naked mole rat tissue contains a high concentration of high molecular weight hyaluronan (HMW-HA) and their study was (http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature12234.html) published in the journal Nature .
LIVERPOOL scientists believe an unlikely member of the animal kingdom - the naked mole rat - could hold the key in the battle against cancer.
A team from the University of Liverpool's Institute of Integrative Biology have successfully mapped the genome of the naked mole rat.