Induction of a torpor-like state with ultrasound


NIBIB in the News
May 30, 2023

NIBIB-funded team used ultrasound to safely, noninvasively induce a torpor-like state in mice, rats

Researchers induced a hibernation-like state in mice by using ultrasound to stimulate the hypothalamus preoptic area in the brain, which helps to regulate body temperature and metabolism. The findings show the first noninvasive and safe method to induce such a state; a similar condition has been previously proposed for spaceflight or for patients with life-threatening health conditions. Source: Washington University in St. Louis/Science Daily