The study on hibernation of primates can help us understand metabolic disorders in humans and teach us about how to safely put the human body on pause too, slowing the body’s processes long enough for, say, life-saving surgery or even space travel?

Researchers from Duke Lemur Center imitated the seasonal fluctuations for fat-tailed dwarf lemurs as they were in the forests of Madagascar, their native habitat, and have observed hibernation of lemurs at the center, indicating an established model for understanding both metabolic extremes in primates generally and metabolic disorders in humans specifically.

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