Suspended Animation

Langreth, Robert
February 2008
Forbes Asia;2/11/2008, Vol. 4 Issue 3, p50
The article reports that a number of scientists are studying the molecular secrets of hibernation and extreme hypothermia in hopes of finding treatments that can slow down metabolism for just a few hours. Their goal is to buy time after a car accident, gunshot wound or massive heart attack to get a person into the hospital and into surgery before they die or suffer extensive brain damage. The study by David Lefer has found that low doses of hydrogen sulfide slashed heart damage by 72% in mice after heart attacks, even without inducing hibernation.


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