Naked Mole-rat

Mouseplant

Researchers have discovered that mole rats can survive for 18 minutes without oxygen. What is even more astonishing is how they manage it. The mole rats effectively become plants, altering their metabolism so that cells are powered by fructose rather than glucose, a process which requires no oxygen.  Anthony and Jeff discuss the usefulness of such an ability and how humans might benefit.

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