Using Mice as a Test for Human Hibernation
Can we hibernate human beings using hydrogen sulfide gas for long-lasting area flight? The answer is probably; “YES”. Researchers have actually successfully hibernated human engineered mice spontaneously using hydrogen sulfide gas.
The next step for let’s say NASA using this data would be to take some mice up on the next area shuttle launch and hibernate them in absolutely no gravity. Theoretically it needs to be possible and will certainly most likely work. If we can put many mice on the ISS, International Space Station, under varying lengths of hibernation then we can prove the concept. This possibly is an ideal way to hibernate people for long-term space travel to remote stars, for instance to Alpha Centari and back.
Hydrogen Sulfide is harmful in high doses and, therefore, the mice’s bodies may close down to avoid excess consumption of the gas, hence activating a simulated hibernation event or suspended animation. We know other mammals hibernate such as; bears, ground hogs, etc. and there are many cases of people, generally kids entering into hibernation. Every once in a while, there is an adult case of hibernation in the circumstances of a drowning in icy waters. In the case of the hydrogen sulfide gas in the mice; when they were left in this environment for six hours, their metabolic rate dropped by 90 percent explained Mark Roth whose team made the discovery.
Traveling to Mars and back ought to be simple and save weight and space for food and water products. There is possibly an exceptional use of this discovery for human space flight. Using mice for laboratory tests and research has been done for decades, and if this move is made to see how the theory works in space, there can be many advantages for humans.
We all need technology to advance, and this can be the first step to the existence of the human race far into the future.