Life-Saving Lessons from Hibernating Ground Squirrels

In a large walk-in freezer at the University of Minnesota, ground squirrels are quietly slumbering in the dark.

As the ground thaws this spring, a new crop of animals around the northern hemisphere will emerge from a long winter’s slumber. At the same time, squirrels in Matt Andrews’ lab at the University of Minnesota will be waking up from their own hibernation.

Andrews studies these hibernating squirrels, and the science may have applications for the health and well-being of astronau

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