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Resurrected Pigs: Our Best Hope for Interstellar Space Travel


The Sydney Morning Herald

"London: Researchers are testing potentially life-saving techniques for keeping humans in a state of suspended animation while surgeons repair their wounds.

US doctors have developed a method of inducing hypothermia to shut down the body's functions for up to three hours.

In tests, they reduced the body temperature of injured pigs from 37C to 10C before operating on them and then reviving them."

Essentially this means that the organism is dead for a time, then brought back to life. If humans are ever to reach outside our solar system, some kind of hibernation will be necessary. Either that or a multi-generational voyaging colony. But maybe there is still hope for the hyperdrive?

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posted: 1/21/2006

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