Suspended animation using poison gas (almost like Han Solo in carbonite)

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  1. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Holy rat,

    Scientist uses poison gas to "freeze" animals.
    Animals will live again after oxygen is reintroduced.

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/10/09/cheating.death.suspended.animation/index.html
     
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  5. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    Wow! There are many possibilities beyond critical care if this comes to fruition and can be used for very long periods of time.
     
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    Suspended animation? Soon-to-be no longer the stuff of science fiction.

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/10/09/cheating.death.suspended.animation/index.html

    Could be crazy if it actually works. Interstellar travel, taking 20 year leaps into the future to see what happens through history.

    Too bad the "leaping 20 years into the future" won't work for us peasants (could you imagine if everyone could afford it? Chaos)
     
  8. Don't panic macrumors 603

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    it's a really cool story but it's not particularly new.
    this was described a few years ago (2005).
    it seems it's coming out now on cnn just to advertise gupta's new book.

    some aspect of this are already in clinical trial, but as far as suspended life it's still far off for us.
    I do think that eventually, they'll find a combo that works for larger animals (and people). it could be just a matter of delivering the gas quickly enough to within the tissues, before damage kicks in.
     
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    Cool experiments. I wouldn't want to test it though. :eek:
     
  10. Gelfin macrumors 68020

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    It well predates Gupta. The original Buck Rogers was "suspended" by hydrogen sulfide gas in a cave. The role of hydrogen sulfide in mammalian hibernation and hopes for "suspended animation" in non-hibernating mammals (like humans) has been known for some time. Making it work is tricky. Non-hibernating mammal cells do not know how to recover from the "suspended" state, and just trigger apoptosis (cell death) upon reintroduction of oxygen. Figuring out how to make that not happen is the hard part, and any advancement along those lines is interesting.
     

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