Issue Date: October 31, 2011
Fatty Acids Do A Heart Good
A specific mixture of fatty acids circulating in the blood of pythons is responsible for an increase in the size of the animals’ hearts after feeding, according to a new report (Science, DOI: 10.1126/science.1210558). The identification of these molecules, which trigger pythons’ heart cells to expand so that the snakes can metabolize big meals, could lead to future therapies for heart disease in humans.
Although they sometimes fast for long periods between meals, when Burmese . . .
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