I know: I said that my next post would continue my criticism of the privileged universe notion, but this is a story that just couldn't be kept down:
Thanks to Slash Dot Science.
The Fox News story (reprinted from NY Post) says:
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.
The animals are considered scientifically dead, as they stop breathing and have no heartbeat or brain activity.
But three hours later, their blood is replaced and the zombie dogs are brought back to life with an electric shock.
Plans to test the technique on humans should be realised within a year, according to the Safar Centre.
[Dr. Kochanek] said his goal is to be able to put humans, such as critically wounded soldiers or stabbing or shooting victims, in a state of suspended animation for a few hours until they can receive proper medical help.
Yes, "zombie" might be journalistic hype, but the research, no matter how beneficial, is still macabre.
1. BOFFIN: chiefly British : a scientific expert; especially : one involved in technological research (Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary)
Bill Hoffmann, "Blood Swapping Reanimates Dead Dogs," Fox News (June 28, 2005).
Bill Hoffmann, "Zombie Dogs," New York Post (June 28, 2005). [free reg. required]