Mark Roth: The Re-Animator
December 4, 2008 12:45 PM Subscribe
Raising the Dead.
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When scientist Mark Roth's one-year-old daughter died after heart surgery, Roth obsessed clinically first about immortality, then about suspended animation
, when all life processes temporarily cease. His subsequent research work
-- placing yeast, nematodes, drosophila, frogs, and zebrafish into suspended animation (clinical death) for up to 24 hours, then reviving them unharmed -- earned him a MacArthur Fellowship
and a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Roth's research "offers the possibility of important new clinical strategies for treating trauma, stroke, cancer, and a host of other conditions where temporary reduction in metabolism would provide much-needed time for physicians to address underlying problems."