DARPA is funding research into “a zombie-like form of hibernation” — including a $9.9 million Texas program seeking to induce suspended animation. They’re testing chemical compounds on anesthetized pigs to keep them “as close to death as possible” — to improve emergency trauma care for soldiers on the battlefield.
Also being tested is a pancreatic enzyme found in squirrels “to put humans into a state of squirrel-like hibernation.” A slowed metabolism helps the body survive a lack of oxygen or bloodflow — but it also has long-term implications for exploring outer space.
“A form of squirrel-like hypersleep-hibernation would help solve a great many of the problems involved in sending humans interstellar distances.”
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