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Naked Mole-Rats' Secrets Revealed

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Photo of naked mole-rats in the hands of biologist Thomas Park.

Naked mole-rats in the hands of biologist Thomas Park. Naked mole rats are very gentle by nature, rarely acting aggressive towards humans.

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Photo of a naked mole-rat and grapes.

This naked mole-rat appears to be contemplating a treat of grapes. The staple diet is sweet potatoes but they also relish a variety of sweet and juicy fruits and vegetables.

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Photo of a naked mole-rat standing in the entrance of a plastic pipe in his cage.

A naked mole-rat stands in the entrance of a plastic pipe in his cage. In the laboratory, these animals choose to spend much of their time digging in wood chips, but they also spend time going in and out of pipes.

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Photo of Thomas Park with a naked mole-rat on his sleeve.

Thomas Park with a naked mole-rat on his sleeve.

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Photo of three researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Naked mole-rat researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Graduate student Bethany Peterson sits between her faculty advisors, Visiting Research Associate Professor of Bioengineering Christopher Fall (left), and Professor of Biological Sciences Thomas Park (right). Peterson's doctoral project involves imaging brain tissue from naked mole-rats using the equipment behind the researchers.

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