ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- A Mayo Clinic research team left Monday for Nepal and Mount Everest.
They will be conducting a range of scientific tests on a team of Everest climbers in a "natural laboratory."
Mount Everest's extreme altitude puts climbers under the same conditions experienced by patients suffering from heart disease, obesity or advanced age.
The team of six will monitor up to nine climbers for a month.
The expedition is sponsored by The North Face and the National Geographic Society.
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