Ultrasound brain pulses put mice in a hibernation-like state

Thursday, May 25, 2023 - 13:03 in Health & Medicine

It’s a classic science fiction trope: Astronauts on an interstellar journey are kept in sleek, refrigerated pods in a state of suspended animation. Although such pods remain purely fictional, scientists have pursued research into inducing a hibernation-like state in humans to lessen the damage caused by medical conditions such as heart attacks and stroke, and to reduce the stress and costs of future long-distance space sojourns. In a study published today in Nature Metabolism , scientists report that they can trigger a similar state in mice by targeting part of their brain with pulses of ultrasound ....

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