Scientists study space hibernation – Space.com – MSNBC.com

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Scientists study space hibernation – Space.com – MSNBC.com: «Biggiogera and his colleagues were able to create a hibernationlike state in cell cultures using a substance called DADLE, which has opiumlike properties and is similar to a family of molecules produced in the human brain.

In cells, DADLE reduced proliferation and the transcription of genetic material, effectively putting the cells to sleep.

‘The most interesting thing is that you can reverse everything by taking the molecule away,’ Biggiogera said. ‘At least in cell cultures, you reduce the risk of side effects.'»