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Yellow-bellied squirrels stop ageing process while hibernating every year

Organ preservation and life extension is possible when humans could also hibernate


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A completely natural way to stop your body from aging - you’d have to hibernate from September to May each year.

Yellow-bellied marmots are able to halt the aging process during the 7-8 months they spend hibernating.

Anti-aging phenomenon kicks in once the animals reach 2 years old, their age of sexual maturity.

Collected blood samples from 73 female yellow-bellied marmots every two weeks over 14 active seasons.

“Results reveal that epigenetic aging stalls during hibernation,” - Gabriela Pinho, lead author.

Explains the longer average life span of a yellow-bellied marmot than expected from its body weight.

Hibernation conditions (diminished food consumption, low body temperature and reduced metabolism) counter aging process and promote longevity.

“Effect of hibernation on slowing aging is really strong,” - Daniel Blumstein, senior author.

There may be biomedical advantages to inducing hibernation conditions in humans or human cells.

Study by UCLA published in Nature Ecology and Evolution.

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Daniel Blumstein

Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California Los Angeles

Gabriela Pinho

PhD Candidate at UCLA

Nature Ecology & Evolution

Journal providing information from ecological and evolutionary biology.

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Public land-grant research university

Topics mentioned on this page:
Immortal Animals, Epigenetics