Hibernation of the Hamster Research Paper by Jay Writtings LLC

Hibernation of the Hamster
A research paper on the scientific implications of the hibernation process of hamsters.
# 119098 | 1,611 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Mar 31, 2010 in Medical and Health (Medical Studies) , Biology (Zoology)

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The paper explores the dynamics of the processes by which the hamster adapts to its diverse environments. The paper then looks at the research and how it reveals that the hamster's hibernation cycle can have implications for human existence as well, specifically, in the areas of enhanced cellular protection, preservation and stimulation within human beings.

From the Paper:

"Environments are seasonal, and the sleeping cycle of the hamster is based on the basic seasonality of the environment that the hamster is accustomed to. The processes by which the hamster adapts to the diverse environments in which rodents live and survive these harsh environmental periods may have significant implications for humanity and medical science in general. It is a manifestation of the means by which the hamster has acclimated to its environment, and represents an energy saving cycle for the small rodent, which needs very little energy to function, and can conserve energy over long periods when energy output is sufficiently minimized, such as during hibernations. Research reveals that at higher latitudes, biologically the systems of small species such as rodents undergo what is characterized as a "suspension of homeothermic physiology and brain function" in which the animal withdraws from the environment of survival that it is engaged in by reducing its metabolic rate for prolonged intervals that are characterized as hibernation."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Gonzalez Asensio A and Kumar Reetu and Mulligan, Jacob D. Mulligan and Davis, Ashley and Weindruch, Richard and Saupe, Kurt W. Metabolic adaptations to fasting and chronic caloric restriction in heart, muscle, and liver do not include changes in AMPK activity." Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab 287: E1032-E1037, 2004: http://ajpendo.physiology.org/cgi/content/full/287/5/E1032
  • Hastings, Michael and Ebling, Francis. "Hibernation Proteins: Preparing for Life in the Freezer." Cell 125 April 7, 2005.
  • Osborne, Peter Graham, MD. "Hibernation Research: Exploring the extra dimension in mammalian life." 2007 http://www.asahikawa-med.ac.jp/dept/mc/phys1/profiles/osborne.html
  • Wassfner, Thomas. "Body Temperature and Above Ground Patterns during hibernation in European hamsters (Cricetus Cricetus L)." London Journal of Zoology 2004 (262, 281-8)

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