Why don’t people hibernate?

Why don’t people hibernate?

It’s spring and almost all animals that hibernate in the Northern Hemisphere are awake. Their bodies were nearly incapacitated for months. Their body temperature dropped sharply and the number of heartbeats per minute in the ground squirrel, for example, went from 300 to 5. The animals eat a ton of food before going to sleep, and then lose weight again effortlessly and without damage. What can we all learn from these hibernators for medical applications?

Presentation:
Laura Wismans
Guest:
Nienke Beintema & Hendrik Spiering
Editing and editing:
Liz Dautzenberg, Nina van Hattum & Elze van Driel




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