Heart grows: Burmese python
Heart of burmese python incurs dramatic growth after a meal by reacting to fatty acids in the snake's plasma.
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Researchers suspect that the cardiac tissue fuels its expansion by burning through three types of nutrients including myristic acid, a common ingredient in many animal fats and other reptile foods.
Python molurus GRAY 1842
[Bivittatus: dunkler tigerpython]
IUCN Red List Status: Near Threatened
Some organism data provided by: TIGR Reptile Database
Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist
Application Ideas: Cardiac medicine to increase the size of hearts in order to increase blood flow.
Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Medical