Digestive system optimizes performance: burmese python
The gastrointestinal system in burmese pythons quickly regulates performance between fasting and feeding (leading to energy savings) thanks to cell plasticity.
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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: The dramatic switching design of the Burmese python GI system may provide useful ideas for sensor technology; for membrane technology where the driving of osmotic gradients needs to be optimized; and for medicine and pharmacology to treat acid reflux conditions.
Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Medical, pharmacology, nanotechnology, utilities
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