The Arctic ground squirrel is a rodent that spends most of its life in hibernation. Although it reduces its body temperature by approx. 40°C, it almost does not lose any fat-free mass. Research on its bacterial flora conducted, among others, by a Polish researcher, could help fight malnutrition in humans.
Researchers from the Medical University of Bialystok and the Bialystok University of Technology, who researched the application of fungi found in the Białowieża Forest in the treatment of cancer, filed a patent application concerning the use of Heterobasidion annosum in combating colorectal cancer.
The Polish Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Geophysics PAS have concluded an agreement with Geoscience Australia regarding joint research in Antarctica. Part of this cooperation will be the revitalization of the Polish A.B. Dobrowolski Polar Station, which been decommissioned for around 40 years.