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How an Antarctic Worm Makes Antifreeze and What That Has to Do With Climate Change
February 9, 2009
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.A new study reports a hardy Antarctic worm that withstands its cold climate by cranking out antifreeze and going into suspended animation when it dries out. Researchers are using it to establish a baseline for predictions about how ecosystems respond to climate change.Full Story
Brigham Young University
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