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      CommentAuthorgroundxero
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th 2010
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    rats

    Suspended animation coming to life: researcher

    Sat Feb 13, 6:54 pm ET

    LONG BEACH, California (AFP) – A gas proven deadly in chemical weapons could one day be used to put people into life-saving suspended animation.

    While hydrogen sulfide is toxic in large doses, small amounts of the gas have the potential to make animals appear dead for a while then allow them to wake up unharmed, according to biochemist Mark Roth.

    "I think we are on the path of understanding metabolic flexibility in a significant way," said Roth, whose work at an eponymous lab in Washington State has gotten funding from a research arm of the US Department of Defense.

    "In the future an emergency medical technician might give hydrogen sulfide to someone suffering serious injuries and they might become a little more immortal giving them time to get the care they need."

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    I read an article on this in The Times a few months ago. I wonder why it's just being reported now.