Bowhead Whales & New Cancer Research (Craig George)

Video Shot in: 2002

Dr. Craig George discusses fascinating new cancer research in bowhead whales. As long-lived mammals, bowheads have unique mechanisms for tumor suppression and DNA repair, similar to other long-lived species like elephants and naked mole-rats. Bowheads also exhibit low body temperatures and metabolic rates, which may contribute to their longevity. The research has implications for human medicine. Dr. George expresses excitement about the work but also emphasizes the importance of including the native community that provided the specimens in any major breakthroughs or benefits that may arise from the research.