Discovery of inhibitor produced by bears during hibernation

May 9th, 2008 | by Lisa |

Scientists from Barcelona University have discovered that bears produce an inhibitor that prevents loss of muscle tissue during hibernation.  While their body temperature stays constant and they neither eat, drink nor defecate, proteins in the body produce a potent inhibitor that allows their muscle mass to remain as it was prior to hibernation leaving them able to move normally when they exit their dens in spring. The discovery could lead to a breakthrough in human medical care.

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