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Do Lazy Mammals Live Longer?

Published 09/14/11
By Marlowe Hood, Agence France-Presse

Small furry mammals partial to a daily dose of hibernation in winter are probably extending their lifespan at the same time, according to a study published Sept. 14. Experiments with Djugarian hamsters native to Siberia showed that when the tiny rodents temporarily lower their metabolism and body temperatures, a state called torpor, it stops and even reverses a natural breakdown of chromosomes linked to aging.

Link: AFP/Yahoo! News

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