'Suspended animation' researcher Mark Roth to be featured next week on the Science Channel and CNN

SEATTLE — Oct. 8, 2009 — Next week the Science Channel and CNN will feature the work of Mark Roth, Ph.D., a cell biologist and "MacArthur genius" in the Basic Sciences Division of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center who studies the therapeutic potential of suspended animation and reversible metabolic hibernation.

At 9 p.m. PT Monday, Oct. 12, the Science Channel will feature Roth's research in an episode of "Popular Science's Future of," an hour-long weekly program hosted by Baratunde Thurston. The show, a joint venture between the Science Channel and Popular Science magazine, will explore the “future of immortality” through suspended animation and organ regeneration research and longevity pills, among other topics. The show will be re-broadcast at midnight and 4 p.m. Oct. 13 and 4 a.m. Oct. 14. More information: http://press.discovery.com/us/sci/programs/future-of/

At 8 and 11 p.m. PT Saturday, Oct. 17 and Sunday, Oct. 18, Roth's work will be featured in an hour-long CNN documentary called "Another Day: Cheating Death" hosted by chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, M.D. The program will recount extraordinary stories of people who have survived exceptional medical emergencies, such as prolonged clinical death caused by hypothermia. Roth’s work will also be featured in a companion book by Gupta, "Cheating Death," which will be available in book stores after Oct. 12. More information: http://news.turner.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=4681

Note for media only: A photo of Roth with CNN's Sanjay Gupta during a taping last fall in Roth's Hutchinson Center laboratory is available upon request.

Kristen Woodward
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
(206) 667-5095


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