UC Merced biologist gets $414,720 grant

University of California at Merced biologist Rudy Ortiz received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue his work on food deprivation and sleep apnea.

The $414,720 grant will span four years.

He is studying how elephant seals are able to fast for months by relying on fat reserves and how they can experience apnea without harming their health.

Humans deprived of food wouldn't live much longer than a month, and an episode of sleep apnea could be fatal.

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