Scientists Invent Oxygen Particle That If Injected Allows You To Live Without Breathing

http://www.techwench.com/scientists-invent-oxygen-particle-that-if-injected-allows-you-to-live-without-breathing/

A team of scientists at the Boston Children’s Hospital have invented what is being considered one the greatest medical breakthroughs in recent years. They have designed a microparticle that can be injected into a person’s bloodstream that can quickly oxygenate their blood. This will even work if the ability to breathe has been restricted, or even cut off entirely.

This finding has the potential to save millions of lives every year. The microparticles can keep an object alive for up to 30 min after respiratory failure. This is accomplished through an injection into the patients’ veins. Once injected, the microparticles can oxygenate the blood to near normal levels. This has countless potential uses as it allows life to continue when oxygen is needed but unavailable. For medical personnel, this is just enough time to avoid risking a heart attack or permanent brain injury when oxygen is restricted or cut off to patients.

The microparticles used are composed of oxygen gas pocketed in a layer of lipids. A Lipid is a natural molecule that can store energy and act as a part of a cell membrane, they can be made of many things such as wax, vitamins, phospholipids, and in this case fat is the lipid that stores the oxygen.

These microparticles are around two to four micrometers in length and carry about three to four times the oxygen content of our own red blood cells. In the past, researchers had a difficult time succeeding as prior tests caused gas embolism. This meant that the gas molecules would become stuck trying to squeeze through the capillaries. They corrected this issue by packaging them into small deformable particles rather ones where the structure was rigid.

In the end, this is an amazing medical advancement and I cant help but recall the movie the Abyss when they took the pill, their helmets filled with air, and they were told they can breathe the water. Well what if they really couldn’t “breathe” water” but since the urge to breathe is natural, that must take place… even if you’re not breathing air per se. But your body was provided with enough oxygen for a time period by taking a pill. It’s just goes to show that anything, absolutely anything that can be thought up, can potentially one day become reality. Thank you scientists, for reminding me that people and their ingenuity are nothing short of awesome.

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pretty amazing to be sure..whats next..life without breathing?

401

~ by seeker401 on September 5, 2012.

9 Responses to “Scientists Invent Oxygen Particle That If Injected Allows You To Live Without Breathing”

  1. no breathing, next no eating.

    so who cares about global warming now? :)

  2. i read somewhere that some organism on earth lives by its own chemical reaction. ive also read that aliens do the same (how the fuck would they know).

    but there is an angle to be explored…and will be, for humans to survive without eating, but by chemical reaction within their own bodies.

    no food, means no, or hardly any free radicals to age you. which = longer life.

  3. imagine the implications for sport in this. especially the running sports. imagine AFL with players not becomming winded?! the mind boggles at the implications for boxers etc. suddenly they could fight flat out! hagler vs hearns every fight!!

  4. So, no breathing, then no eating and the next will be human parthenogenesis.

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