Naked mole rat Credit: Meghan Murphy, Smithsonian’s National Zoo, on Flickr

Naked mole-rats can live for an incredibly long time and have an exceptional resistance to cancer thanks to unique conditions in their bodies that stop cancer cells multiplying, according to new research.

Understanding how these remarkable animals are almost completely immune to cancer could improve our understanding of the early stages of the disease in people and lead to new ways to prevent or better treat it.

Until now, it was thought that almost never got cancer because their healthy were resistant to being converted into