X-Message-Number: 26071
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2005 08:57:33 -0400
From: Thomas Donaldson <>
Subject: Re: hibernation from H2S

Re: hibernation caused by H2S

Although this technique may have some short term use in the early part of
a suspension, it fails completely at doing what the cold temperatures of
cryonic suspension do: allow preservation for a very long time. I'm 
doubtful that it will even keep mice alive for the months involved in 
a space journey (even at 11 degrees C they are still metabolizing,
and will need support, presumably with lines to their lungs and 
stomach. Morever 11 degrees C isn't low enough to prevent various
fungi and bacteria from getting into the systems of the hibernating

It will be very interesting to see how far these labs can take their
hibernation. It would be nice if they could prove me wrong. So far
there's no report of H2S causing hibernation for months, for instance.

           Best wishes and long long life to all,

                   Thomas Donaldson

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