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Re: Are there gases that can be safely breathed, but will not pass into blood.

Date: Wed Jan 26 12:40:51 2000
Posted By: Nigel Botfield
Area of science: Medicine
ID: 946150446.Me

Hi Ken.
I'm afraid I can't be of much direct help as I know very little about 
SCUBA diving. All I can do is give you the following list of sites which 
will allow you to contact people with a lot more knowledge of diving than 
Dr.Lawrence Martin has written a book called Scuba Diving Explained.
A section dealing with various gas mixtures can be found at -
Dr.Martin can be e-mailed at:
The American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AUSS) can be found at -
An address for the Public Affairs Officer for the US Navy SEALS can be 
found at -
Alliance Pharmaceuticals produce a liquid pulmonary oxygen carrier called 
Liquivent. At the moment it is just for medical use but possibly might be 
able to be modified into a system similar to that shown in the film 
The Abyss. These guys can be found at -
Sorry I couldn't be of more help.

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