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Re: starship-design: Suspended animation.

Arg, 25% survival rates could be an issue with potential crewman.



In a message dated 1/6/00 1:10:27 PM, nlindber@u.washington.edu writes:

>Hi all,
>   I saw a tv show on that a while back.  It focused mainly on
>Haitian zombei, but also mentioned the unfortunate effects of eating
>improperly prepared fugu.  Starflight was mentioned briefly at the end
>the program (complete w/ cheezy graphics)  The common thread was the nerve
>poison Teterodoxin, which is used today in very small amounts to control
>some kinds of tics.  Unfortunately, taking the drug in large amounts is
>bad for you.  The witch doctor interviewed for the program reported a 25%
>survival rate for the people he had zombified.  Japanese fugu victims fare
>only slightly better, even with modern medical care. Also, the survivors
>usually have severe brain damage.  On the other hand, maybe these problems
>could be gotten around, some rodents do it without any apparent trouble
>Nels Lindberg
>On Thu, 6 Jan 2000 KellySt@aol.com wrote:
>> Hey folks.  Ran across a comment about suspended animation/hibernation.
>> Seems they've done studies on animals using some of the drugs VooDoo
>> usedto use to make Zombies.  They show promis in use for hibernation.
> The 
>> same effect that slows resperation and pulse enough so you look dead
>> don't sofocate until they dig you up, also works for hybernation for
>> something like space travel.
>> Weird.
>> No real details on what they were talking about.
>> Kelly