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    • CommentTimeDec 4th 2007
    if hydrogen sulfide induces "hibernation on demand," would this be useful in space travel? Or short naps?

    Roth and colleagues ruled out hydrogen sulfideā€™s influence on each of these pathways. Instead, they suspect it acts through a different mechanism. One theory is that exposure to H2S naturally regulates the activity of a gene called SIR-2.1, which has been shown to influence life span in many organisms, including the nematode. Previous studies have found that over-expression of this gene increases the longevity of C. elegans by 18 percent to 20 percent.
      CommentAuthorJoe Paoli
    • CommentTimeDec 4th 2007
    My first thought when I read that that there may be a way to induce hibernation in people was weight loss centers. Those that could afford to drop out of society for several weeks at a time could literally lose weight in their sleep. It sells itself.

    I feel bad giving this idea away, but the hibernation news is spreading and I doubt I'll get to it anywhere any time soon.
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    So we do a line of powdered hydrogen sulfide and head for the moon... hmm...

    ...sounds kind of familiar....
    • CommentAuthorElohim
    • CommentTimeDec 4th 2007
    That's weird cool...