Researchers funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) have discovered a new memory mechanism within the nervous system that helps to avoid exhaustion.
“Many of us know the feeling of tired muscles screaming at us to stop exercising. However, there is growing evidence that our brains contribute to this fatigue and tell us to stop an activity well before the system as a whole is completely exhausted, always holding something in reserve. The need to trade off speed against endurance is important for all animals and we didn’t really have any idea how they did it.
What researchers’ at University of St Andrews have discovered is a beautifully simple system that essentially allows a tadpole to pace itself.”
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