The ability to artificially induce hibernation-like state in humans “would be beneficial for many medical applications, as well as being of relevance to the possibility of long-distance space exploration in the future”. Photo: handoutThe ability to artificially induce hibernation-like state in humans “would be beneficial for many medical applications, as well as being of relevance to the possibility of long-distance space exploration in the future”. Photo: handout
The ability to artificially induce hibernation-like state in humans “would be beneficial for many medical applications, as well as being of relevance to the possibility of long-distance space exploration in the future”. Photo: handout

What if humans could hibernate? Scientists may have identified the neurons that make it possible

  • Mammals hibernate by lowering their body temperature to dramatically slow their metabolisms and conserve energy often in winter months when there is a scarcity of food
  • Potential clinical applications include the reduction of tissue damage following heart attacks or strokes, and the preservation of organs for transplants
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The ability to artificially induce hibernation-like state in humans “would be beneficial for many medical applications, as well as being of relevance to the possibility of long-distance space exploration in the future”. Photo: handoutThe ability to artificially induce hibernation-like state in humans “would be beneficial for many medical applications, as well as being of relevance to the possibility of long-distance space exploration in the future”. Photo: handout
The ability to artificially induce hibernation-like state in humans “would be beneficial for many medical applications, as well as being of relevance to the possibility of long-distance space exploration in the future”. Photo: handout
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