Suspended Animation Becomes Reality

stress-relief51Like this, but for realz.

Holy grappling hook Batman! We’ve reached the future! An American doctor (take that everyone else!) from Seattle to be exact by the name of Mark Roth has discovered what is believed to be the key to successful suspended animation (with the success indicated by the reviving part.)

How’d he figure it out? Mark (we’re on a first name basis) was inspired by cases of people being exposed to extreme temperatures, presumed dead and springing back to life. I believe the medical name is Zombie.. it isn’t? Are you sure? I think we’re supposed to kill these things not make more. Whatever. A few tales in particular grabbed his attention like Erica Nordby, who wandered from her house in the winter of and whose heart stopped beating for two hours before she was rescued, warmed, and came miraculously back to life; and Mitsutaka Uchikoshi, who fell asleep on a snowy mountainside in 2006 and was found 23 days later with a core body temperature of just 71°F. He too was successfully reanimated (zombiefied) having suffered no appreciable ill effects(other than an unshakable craving for brains). Get info from the Doc himself as well as a video of some of his early work after the jump….BRAINS!

After experimenting on yeast and worms the good (crazy) Dr. and his assistants (henchmen) found that beings deprived of oxygen and then frozen could be successfully reanimated (zom…you know)

“We wondered if what was happening with the organisms in my laboratory was also happening in people like the toddler and the Japanese mountain climber,” says Roth. “Before they got cold did they somehow manage to decrease their oxygen consumption? Is that what protected them? Our work in nematodes and yeast suggests that this may be the case, and it may bring us a step closer to understanding what happens to people who appear to freeze to death but can be reanimated.”

The idea here is not so much to place people into deep freeze in order to endure lengthy interstellar voyages, a staple idea in science fiction but unlikely in the near future…. Rather, Roth and his colleagues think that their work might lead to techniques that would let paramedics or doctors “buy time” for severely injured or ill patients by putting them into suspended states like those achieved by Nordby and Uchikoshi. Then, once the underlying problem had been fixed, they could be reanimated.

Does this mean Walt Disney won’t be back for the Jews?  LoL Mickey’s gonna be pissed. Check out Roth’s early handiwork below.


Category: Nerd Culture, WTF?