The Naked Mole Rat (image) University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Share Print E-Mail Caption The naked mole rat, a long-lived rodent, is being studied for the secrets its biology can reveal about healthy aging. Investigators at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio found a factor in the rodent's cells that protects and alters function of the proteasome, a garbage disposer for damaged and obsolete proteins. Credit UT Health Science Center at San Antonio Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.