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Seger Noted in Science Article on Hibernation

Rita Seger, a medical doctor and researcher with the University of Maine Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, was mentioned in an article in Science News magazine about what researchers can learn about the physiology of animals that store up fat for hibernation. Seger, who studies how American black bears keep their bones healthy during hibernation, found proteins in the bears’ blood indicating that bone-building cells are less active in hibernating animals than in spring bears. The findings were reported in the December 2011 issue of the journal Bone.

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