New research: ‘Zombie gene’ may help prevent elephants from dying of cancer


It’s estimated that between 11 to 25 percent of humans will die from cancer during life.

The odds increase for those who live longer and the larger you are, the odds increase even more.

However, oddly enough, only five percent of elephants die from cancer despite a male adult elephant weighing up to 13,000 pounds.

Theoretically, elephants should have a significantly higher cancer rate than humans.

So what’s happening here?

New research indicates that elephants have a gene nicknamed the “Zombie” gene. It’s known scientifically as LIF6 and it only is found in elephants.

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Episode 7: Chicago news anchor’s journey to Africa for answers

downloadFor many, online records and databases can serve as our primary source of research into our families following a DNA tests.

Many others, unfortunately, do not have that option. WGN anchor Cortney Hall spoke to us about her journey to Senegal after a DNA test revealed she was of Senegalese Mandinka ancestry.

She shares her story with us, then we chat about the unique difficulty African-Americans can face when researching their own history.