Lazarus? Is that you?

stubeeef

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Ok, I am no good at titles, so sue me.

Turns out there have been some interesting tests with doggies!

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,15739502-13762,00.html
SCIENTISTS have created eerie zombie dogs, reanimating the canines after several hours of clinical death in attempts to develop suspended animation for humans.

US scientists have succeeded in reviving the dogs after three hours of clinical death, paving the way for trials on humans within years.
Pittsburgh's Safar Centre for Resuscitation Research has developed a technique in which subject's veins are drained of blood and filled with an ice-cold salt solution.

The animals are considered scientifically dead, as they stop breathing and have no heartbeat or brain activity.

But three hours later, their blood is replaced and the zombie dogs are brought back to life with an electric shock.

Plans to test the technique on humans should be realised within a year, according to the Safar Centre.

However rather than sending people to sleep for years, then bringing them back to life to benefit from medical advances, the boffins would be happy to keep people in this state for just a few hours,

But even this should be enough to save lives such as battlefield casualties and victims of stabbings or gunshot wounds, who have suffered huge blood loss.

During the procedure blood is replaced with saline solution at a few degrees above zero. The dogs' body temperature drops to only 7C, compared with the usual 37C, inducing a state of hypothermia before death.

Although the animals are clinically dead, their tissues and organs are perfectly preserved.

Damaged blood vessels and tissues can then be repaired via surgery. The dogs are brought back to life by returning the blood to their bodies,giving them 100 per cent oxygen and applying electric shocks to restart their hearts.

Tests show they are perfectly normal, with no brain damage.

"The results are stunning. I think in 10 years we will be able to prevent death in a certain segment of those using this technology," said one US battlefield doctor.
 

stubeeef

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MacDawg said:
Hey beeef, see you made the switch... to contributor

Woof, Woof - Dawg
didn't notice I could for a bit there, then saw where they made it available at wdlove's request.

I am in no way, shape, or form, a god! or demi either.

ps, sorry about not catching this in communtiy, thought of it as news and didn't see it. Sorry.
 

dvdh

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Go back 65 years and watch this . . . .

. . . and see where is all started.

Linky to very strange video . . .

This has got to be the most bizzare research movie I have ever seen on the theme of bringing things back to life. Especially for the time. I think we tend to believe that this day an age we are so much more 'enabled' that a generation (or two) ago, but there was some really quite amazing research happening that laid the ground work for what can be done today.
 

Peterkro

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Glad to see the US government is spending its citizens tax dollars so well.With a eye on continued warfare as well,with all the research thats gone into this(I believe one of the more aware serial killers had the same idea)it would be a shame not to have a war to use it in. :rolleyes:
 

wdlove

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The procedure is quite the same as it seemed at first. It seems very doable. Lowering the temperature of the body is the key factor. Some of this is currently done with humans. In the case of severe head trauma the body is put in a chemically induced coma and also lowering of the body temperature. It helps to reduce further swelling and injury. During open heart surgery they are able to stop the heart, put on a bypass machine to provide blood flow, and then shock the heart when the surgery is complete to bring the patient back to life. I certainly hope that this technique will prove successful, sounds very promising for medical treatment in the future.
 

QCassidy352

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Peterkro said:
Glad to see the US government is spending its citizens tax dollars so well.With a eye on continued warfare as well,with all the research thats gone into this(I believe one of the more aware serial killers had the same idea)it would be a shame not to have a war to use it in. :rolleyes:
Of course it's a technology that it would be better to never have to use, but that's not realistic. There will be more wars (and Iraq might still be going in ten years :eek: ;) ), and more victims of violent crime.

I agree that it seems creepy, especially when they insist on attaching the name "zombie" to these dogs, but in truth, I think it's a great project that could possibly save many lives that would otherwise be lost in tragic, violent ways.