Scientists Create an Oxygen Particle Allows You To Live Without Breathing

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When I was little, I would spend my summer swimming about in the pool pretending to be a mermaid. Unfortunately, my performances were never very successful. I would slide into the pool, glide beneath the water, and gracefully swim to the bottom to have a tea party. Then I would surface, five seconds later, gasping and choking for air. But a recent discovery could forever change the way that we see water, and breathing in general.

If you were unfortunate enough to miss it, in the summer of 2012 scientists were able to keep rabbits with blocked windpipes alive for up to 15 minutes without a single breath. This feat was accomplished after researchers injected oxygen-filled microparticles into the animals’ blood.

These microcapsules consist of a single-layer shell of lipids, each surrounding a small bubble of oxygen gas. Through this structure, the oxygen is encapsulated and suspended in a liquid mixture, so can’t form larger bubbles (large bubbles of released oxygen would be problematic as they could travel to the heart or brain and kill you). And these particles are tiny. The average size ranges between just 2 and 4 micrometers in diameter, which is amazingly small (the limit on the human eye is often cited as objects 50 micrometers in diameter, about the size of a dust speck. The average width of a human hair is 80 micrometers).

The particles are injected directly into the bloodstream. Here, the particles come into contact with the red blood cells that circulate throughout the body. Once the particles meet the cells, the oxygen transfers within seconds of contact. When the scientists mixed the oxygen particles with blood, their research found that 70% of the oxygen had transferred into the blood in under 4 seconds. “By the time the microparticles get to the lungs, the vast majority of the oxygen has been transferred to the red blood cells.” This distinguishes these microcapsules from the various forms of artificial blood currently in use, which can carry oxygen around the body, but must still receive it from the lungs.

Ultimately, this is of great assistance to anyone who has a blocked airway…or who is pretending to be a mermaid.

73 thoughts on “Scientists Create an Oxygen Particle Allows You To Live Without Breathing

      • Semi Sane Person

        So the fact that this was repeatedly posted is pretty suspect. In fact, it just looks like Big Pharma has agents on here trying to promote their agenda. :P

        • googlist aka fuckstick

          haha I was thinking the same thing, then I started thinking what if its not? da da daaaaaaaaaaaa

      • Paul Galdi

        this has nothing to do with big pharma. and it is right to be jaded since all they are trying to do is make money for themselves and their shareholders. big pharma is no longer in the business of healing the sick, that stopped when they BECAME big pharma. you don’t have to much research to find how dirty they all are.

          • Paul Galdi

            if you keep your eyes and ears open, you could simply work in a pharmacy and see the corruption, like every time a pharma rep comes in with gifts pushing whatever poison is the hot item that month. Or, you can simply pay attention when the next ad for some new poison hits the market and the laundry list of side effects that must be mentioned is longer than what it can possibly do for you(which of course is generally nothing). OR, you can read Our Daily Meds and really have your eyes opened, as it mentions specific drugs, companies, scientists, and doctors all complicit in destroying our health, all in the name of money. So, yeah, there’s your “research” for you, any questions? or maybe you just have another dopey wise-ass comment to make.

          • Andrew Jones

            Not disagreeing with overall big Pharma loving profits more than cures, but Pharma Reps can’t even give pens out anymore. What gifts are you referring to?

          • Paul Galdi

            have things changed? I mean, paying off the FDA to push drugs though that only harm hasn’t seemed to change, but has what reps are allowed to do changed? that would be news.

          • Paul Galdi

            and everyone has to understand that the reson health care will NEVER change in this country is due to the stranglehold big pharma has on it, they won’t let it change. And Why? Because while it should have been illegal for pharmaceutical companies to go public, it isn’t. And a profit motive and health care, can NOT live in the same space, because one of those will always suffer, and you can bet it won’t be the profits. They have fiduciary responsibility to the shareholders to turn a profit, and it will be done at all costs. And what are those costs? our health. if people die from one of their products, who cares, just pay them off, just the cost of doing business.

      • HolyChrist

        It’s still big Pharma. The scientists are the ones inventing… big pharma is making it a business (and out of the reach of many).

    • Jean-Paul George

      I to am asthmatic and it’s really annoying because I’m a very active and sporty person. If i could get all the oxygen i needed into my blood system without being hampered by my crappy lungs that would be life changing.

    • Kir (Politicoid)

      Yeah; that’s exactly what I was thinking. Breathing isn’t just about getting oxygen in, it’s also about getting CO2 out. Also, you’d have to continuously pump these particles in. Good for short term blocked windpipes, etc, but not for mermaid practice.

  1. Mike O'Brien

    Sounds good, but what about long term? Would you have to continuously get these injections while your under water for more than 15 mins?? Say if your doing scuba, and checking stuff out in the deep, how long can you go without needing another injection? And how would you know ahead of time that another is needed? I’m sure the answers are out there. This person talking about Asthma, I can definatly see the good it would do there. For medicine, I’m sure there’s a lot of benefits. Just curious when it comes to “pretending to be a mermaid”. Hopefully, that’ll work out too :)

  2. kgarry

    You did WHAT to these poor rabbits!? Effin sadists! And I say that as someone with advanced emphysemia & a shitty prognosis.

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  5. Mathew Stone

    Ok, when is this technology going to be on sale? When nanotechnology is easy to manufacture and is ubiquitous?

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  10. Tazz

    How about instead of injecting in blood stream we drain the lungs with a liquid solution and delivering the oxygen containing lipid shell directly at site of action
    Jut like in the movie’The Abyss’

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