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Re: starship-design: Suspended animation.

In a message dated 1/7/00 9:09:03 AM, zkulpa@zmit1.ippt.gov.pl writes:

>> From owner-starship-design@lists.uoregon.edu Fri Jan  7 01:18:59 2000
>> Date: Fri, 07 Jan 2000 00:20:50 +0000
>> "L. Parker" wrote:
>> > 
>> > I can't resist...too many science fiction books!
>> > 
>> > You have been found guilty of [BAD SI-FI WRITING], the court sentences
>you to
>> > life without parole (or death), however you may elect to become a 
>> > on ... 
>> > 
>> The Zombie type dugs are only 1/2 the problem, the aging of the cells
>> themselves have to slow down. You don't want to go to sleep age 20 
>> and wake up age 80.
>> The fact that you have no weight might permit unusal methods 
>> of slowing down the cells, as drugs would diffuse better.
>> Some cold water fish  have a natural anti-frezze so it you develop that
>> for humans and keep the body at say 10 F, you may slow down 
>> the chemical aging of the cells.
>Some frogs do exactly that. They freeze in the ice,
>and thaw back without damage.

Pretty rare in mammals thou.  best I've heard was ground squirls that could 
survive their body droping to below room temp.
On the other hand work on limiting or stoping aging has been making some 
pretty good progress.  Still can't make the trips real long though.

>-- Zenon Kulpa