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Sunday, April 24, 2005
Scientists for the first time have induced a state of hibernation in mice, a technique that could lead to new treatments for diseases in humans...
In order to force the mice into hibernation, researchers exposed the creatures to high levels of hydrogen sulfide gas. By allowing the mice to breathe fresh air the condition was reversed without any signs of harm to the animals.
This technique was pulled off by Mark Roth, from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center which could provide scientists with a way to combat severe fevers that are known to occur in humans. This could also be used potentially for space travel for astronaut's traveling for long periods of time reducing the need for extra food, water and oxygen tanks (which can become quite expensive). This technology looks promising and only time will tell whether how effective this will be in the future.
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