Zombie Dogs

It seems that scientists in Pittsburg are resurecting dead dogs:

US scientists have succeeded in reviving the dogs after three hours of clinical death, paving the way for trials on humans within years.

Pittsburgh’s Safar Centre for Resuscitation Research has developed a technique in which subject’s veins are drained of blood and filled with an ice-cold salt solution.

Human trials, huh? Can’t wait to see the fliers on campus: “Earn $600 for one-day medical research experiment.” While most of us wouldn’t go for the whole frozen exsanguination thing, it’s amazing what some are willing to do for a buck. Actually, if you add a bit of tequila to the saline solution and suggest that you will be mainlining frozen margaritas, I suspect students would line up to volunteer.

(Yes, yes, I know, the first subjects are likely to be severe trauma patients or battlefield casualties from Iraq, Syria, Iran, etc. Makes you wonder — given the problems returning soldiers are already having — whether zombification is really going to be an improvement. It seems unlikely that we will be able to regularly raise the dead without raising some interesting moral, legal, and religious questions.)

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One Comment

  1. stefanos
    Posted 6/30/2005 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    they are sort of doing this with heart surgery already. would be great to get persons through large cardiac surgeries with no brain damage. but the idea has a creepy edge to it.

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