Can humans hibernate?

Published on August 25th, 2011
Can humans hibernate?

Well, we’re not sure if it could be considered hibernating but there have been instances where humans were able to survive by going in and out of hibernation-like states. reports that, in recent years, many scientists have come to believe that outlandish survival stories are not mere flukes or media exaggerations but rather manifestations of a latent ability to hibernate that all humans possess.

According to a cell biologist by the name of Mark Roth and his colleagues at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre in Seattle, a gaseous compound called hydrogen sulphide may be the key to suspended animation.

The effects of this gas were tested on mice a couple of years ago. The chemical bound with cells in place of oxygen, effectively shutting off all metabolic processes in the mice, and significantly reducing their body temperature. Hours later, when scientists replaced the hydrogen sulphide with normal air, the mice came out of hibernation and showed no adverse effects from the ordeal.

Do you think this will be possible for humans? Click here to read the rest of this very interesting article.

Pic credit: Jane Rahman

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