Saturday, April 23, 2005

Wake Me Up When The Future Is Here

Scientists have been able to induce reversible hibernation in mice. Using the gas hydrogen sulfide, the scientists were able to induce a state of hibernation within minutes. The mice slowed their metabolism down dramatically, from 120 breaths per minute to 10, and dropped their body temperature from a normal 37C (98.6F) to as little as 11C (51F).

While the article mentions many possible uses, as an old-school Sci-Fi fan, I have to take them to task for not mentioning the possible applications to space travel. If hibernation is possible, it may make longer-term journeys to destinations such as Mars and the outer planets a much easier proposition.

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