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Naked Mole Rats May Hold Clues to Pain Relief

September 21, 2012

image of a naked mole rat Naked mole rats evolved to thrive in an acidic environment that other mammals, including humans, would find intolerable. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago report new findings as to how these rodents adapted, which may offer clues to relieving pain in other animals and humans. Full Story

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