Three Hours, Not Three Days

Boffins cre­ate zom­bie dogs

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.

Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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