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SCIENTISTS have created eerie zombie dogs, reanimating the canines after several hours of clinical death in attempts to develop suspended animation for humans.

US scientists have succeeded in reviving the dogs after three hours of clinical death, paving the way for trials on humans within years. Pittsburgh's Safar Centre for Resuscitation Research has developed a technique in which subject's veins are drained of blood and filled with an ice-cold salt solution.

The animals are considered scientifically dead, as they stop breathing and have no heartbeat or brain activity.

But three hours later, their blood is replaced and the zombie dogs are brought back to life with an electric shock.

Plans to test the technique on humans should be realised within a year, according to the Safar Centre.

However rather than sending people to sleep for years, then bringing them back to life to benefit from medical advances, the boffins would be happy to keep people in this state for just a few hours,

But even this should be enough to save lives such as battlefield casualties and victims of stabbings or gunshot wounds, who have suffered huge blood loss.


During the procedure blood is replaced with saline solution at a few degrees above zero. The dogs' body temperature drops to only 7C, compared with the usual 37C, inducing a state of hypothermia before death.

Although the animals are clinically dead, their tissues and organs are perfectly preserved.

Damaged blood vessels and tissues can then be repaired via surgery. The dogs are brought back to life by returning the blood to their bodies,giving them 100 per cent oxygen and applying electric shocks to restart their hearts.

Tests show they are perfectly normal, with no brain damage.

"The results are stunning. I think in 10 years we will be able to prevent death in a certain segment of those using this technology," said one US battlefield doctor.
I know someone posted this in the "in other news" thread but since everyone is still discussing the "god vs everything not god" thing I felt it deserved it's own thread

Getting closer to working cryogenic suspension
 

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Its not much, but its a step closer I guess. I can see people walking around with stickers saying, "Hey, I've died once!".
 

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Actually, I think the title is a bit missleading. This isn't so much weird news, as a medical breakthough. And a very cool one at that.
 

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Its not much, but its a step closer I guess. I can see people walking around with stickers saying, "Hey, I've died once!".
"I've died once and all that i got is this lousy t-shirt". : p
 

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Cool, now humans can be like machines... Jump off a 70 story building, brake 349 bones, go to hell, then get you bones repaired and then come back to life, and then get a T-shirt saying "I visited hell. I had tea with the devil".:lol:
 

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If they can get the technique to work on humans, I guess we've seen the end of "We could have saved his life, if he would have arrived here sooner and he hadn't lost so much blood" thing.
 

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Well, it doesn't fix the "if he had arrived here sooner" since I'm pretty sure the process of replacing blood with the solution can only be done in that "place" :D

Interesting... I'm not sure if this would work as well on humans, but don't quote me on that. Let's wait for Boltz. But it seems quite fascinating. But I think the more pertinent question is how long can people be put in such a state?
 

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"if he had arrived here sooner"
if we had arrived there sooner, in that case :p
 

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I'm still stunned: They said that even the nerves could be preserved... This would even be a more magnificient breakthrough, because all the recent cryogenic conserving methods always caused them to go the necrotic way...

Imagine what this could also mean to transplantation surgery - if we were able to re-connect the nerves we could replace entire limbs! Maybe.
 

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This just helps keep it in perfect condition so in theory you can store donated organs until it is needed, reconnecting the nerves is a little more difficult and will likely need more stem cell research
 

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Exactly. It was just a theory and it will require some more years of research until something like that becomes possible.

BTW: Very often organs are stored at the most perfect place you could imagine: The body where they originally belong to - kept alive artificially (pro-life activists, where are you?). The only problem was the transport.
 

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Dont worry if there is a God and there is a heaven and hell you will be join by most of humanity including me. Believe me if such things are truth you are not going to be lonely.
 

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Yeah, it would be great! I can just imagine the possible medicinal benefits of it.

Of course, it might cause a furor over the ethically or morality of it. (Personally, I don't see and problems with it though.). But it does open a nice debate on what is life and what is death...

Well... I don't see anything for or against God in this problem. But I'm not a transhumanist... so let's wait a bit :p
 

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well thats one great step for science... for it to be perform on a human, thats a different matter... maybe they could "revive" a human if he don't have any complicated disease... heck, would they be a able to remove like for example lung cancer of the person that has died? It would not just be blood transfusion but also change in that person's organ or else that person would just have lung cancer when he is revived...
 

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How could someone replace all your blood in the middle of a battlefield? I mean isn't it kinda hard to drain all your blood?
 

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but if it did work, it would be for a selected few...
 
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