For instance, the processes used to protect the turtle brain against anoxia and subsequent reoxygenation might contribute to longevity. These selectively activated processes in turtles can be used as a model to investigate key mechanisms for protection against Aging . By understanding the molecular mechanisms that play a role in hypoxia and anoxia tolerance in turtles, human health can be improved and their Lifespan extended .
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