Posts tagged with ‘polar bear’
Is that a muddied polar bear? Actually, it’s believed to be a pizzly bear (also known as a grolar bear) - a rare hybrid between a polar bear and a grizzly bear. We chatted with ucberkeley biologist Eline Lorenzen about her work studying the genome of the polar bear in the Arctic and while she has yet to see a pizzly bear in the wild, she hopes their work looking into the polar bear genome will one day offer more insight into the pizzly. We’ll be posting a full interview with Lorenzen soon. Stay tuned!
Maybe this kind of cardio workout is why, despite a high fat diet, polar bears don’t suffer from heart attacks or cardiac arrest?
OK, maybe not…but we are going to interview a UC Berkeley researcher today about her part in a study of polar bears. Postdoc Eline Lorenzen worked with international collaborators to compare their genome to that of the brown bear. The resulting work reveals new insight into adaptations to high-fat diet.
For polar bears, profound obesity is a benign state. We wanted to understand how they are able to cope with that.”