Aug 17, 2018

Hitting the pause button on life

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience, space travel

🐸 The wood frog, Rana sylvatica, is one of many animals to master the art of a reversible, coma-like state known as metabolic depression. Metabolically depressed animals use tiny amounts of energy, sometimes so little that scientists can’t tell if they have any metabolism at all. Somehow, these animals press the pause button on life, outlasting hard times in demanding environments. Could humans ever learn to imitate death like these animals? Workers from fields as diverse as medicine to space exploration are itching to know the answer… 🤔♾😴.

If other members of the animal kingdom can shut down their bodies over winter, then why can’t we?

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