The naked mole rat appears to have several superpowers: The animal can survive for as long as 18 minutes without oxygen; the animal also hardly ever gets cancer. Scientists expected that naked mole rats wouldn't live past 6 years in captivity — instead, even in unnatural conditions, they can live past age 30.
Earlier this year, a biologist who works at Calico, a biotech company launched by Google in San Francisco, California, discovered data that suggests that as naked mole rats age, their chance of dying actually slightly decreases. (For every other mammal, the opposite is true.)
“This is the most exciting data I’ve ever gotten,” Rochelle Buffenstein, the biologist at Calico, told Science. “It goes against everything we know in terms of mammalian biology.”