What wintering squirrels can teach astronauts

When bears and ground squirrels hibernate in winter, they stop eating, lasting until spring simply on the fat reserves they've stored up in their bodies

By studying a variety called the 13-lined ground squirrel that is common in North America

Matthew Regan has confirmed a theory known as "urea nitrogen salvage" dating back to the 1980s.

by helping astronauts minimize their own muscle-loss problems caused by microgravity-induced suppression of protein synthesis 

If a way could be found to augment the astronauts' muscle protein synthesis processes using urea nitrogen salvage

they are A model hibernator

'Clear evidence of nitrogen salvage' says study 

Starving masses and the elderly

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