Why don’t elephants get cancer?


8 & 10

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Biological Sciences – Cells; Genetics; Living Things

Additional: Careers, Technology

Concepts (South Australia):

Biological Sciences – Diversity and Evolution; Form and Function

Years: 8, 10

Word Count: 690

This fascinating article on new research into elephant genetics gives us answers to the question ‘why don’t elephants get cancer?’ and has direct links to the Year 8 and 10 Biological Sciences curriculum with regards to cells, body systems, genetics and evolution. It leads well into a discussion on the future implications and prospects for genetic research and what that could mean for humans.

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8 & 10