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Researchers solve mystery of how marine mammals hold their breath

Ross Cronkrite | Science Recorder | June 14, 2013

Researchers solve mystery of how marine mammals hold their breath

How long can you hold your breath?

Researchers from the University of Liverpool have solved the mystery of how marine mammals, like the sperm whale, hold their breath for long periods of time when diving underwater.

The researchers found a unique molecular signature of the oxygen-binding protein myoglobin in diving animals, which gave them the opportunity to examine the evolution of the muscle oxygen stores in more than 100 mammalian species.

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