December 20, 2007
UCSC researchers have investigated how certain animals are protected from hypoxia by elevated levels of globins–oxygen-carrying proteins–in their brains.
The results suggest that some species have evolved the capacity to protect their brains from hypoxia. It’s not yet clear whether animals of a particular species are born with high amounts of brain globins, or whether their behavior and environment stimulate the production of globins. But in either case, the… read more