A so-called "zombie" gene may protect elephants from developing cancer, the New York Times reports.

With their size, it would be expected that elephants would be prone to developing cancer, as each cell division provides an opportunity for a mutation to crop up, but the Times notes that studies have suggested that elephants have the same or even lower cancer rates as smaller creatures.

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