Humans benefit from saving elephants

The Guardian posted ten selfish reasons to save elephants – and they aren’t really selfish, as they can lead to medical advances that help a great many people.

By studying elephants, humans are beginning to learn more about the aging process, for example.  Elephants have a similar lifespan, and similar age-related diseases such as osteoarthritis.  They have a similar walking pattern to our own, so any insights researchers discover with elephants can likely transfer over to our own species.

I wrote a post previously discussing cancer research with elephant DNA, and that takes the number 1 spot on The Guardian’s list.  Number 2 on the list talks about elephant hearing and how Stanford University is trying to develop human hearing aids that would use vibrational sounds.

Please head over to the site to read the whole list – it is quite interesting!

 

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