Scientists revive brain function in dead pigs

Scientists revive brain function in dead pigs

Scientists from Yale University have succeeded in restoring basic cellular activity in pigs’ brains hours after their deaths. The study raises a host of bioethical issues, including questions about the very definition of brain death and consequences for protocols related to organ donation. Researchers hope the findings may one day lead to advances in treating human stroke and brain injuries.

QuestionableEthics 1 year

The state where neurons float around going “meh”

NeverKnows Best
NeverKnows Best 1 year

And so begins the roots of the zombie apocalypse

Ryan M
Ryan M 1 year

I'm not a big animal rights guy but this is really horrific. Pigs are conscious, self-aware animals, and if they can revive a decapitated pig's consciousness to even a small degree, its subjective experience would be one of unimaginable terror.

Brett Ellis
Brett Ellis 1 year

So, there's hope for politicians after all

Fraggle Rock Moonwalk
Fraggle Rock Moonwalk 1 year

Oh oh oh! Me next! Do me next!

Miguel Parra
Miguel Parra 1 year

Just because you doesn’t mean you should.

Thomas Watson
Thomas Watson 1 year


Lenwë 1 year

Why is death in quotes ?

Individual > collective
Individual > collective 1 year

I can't wait to see these medical improvements Branch out into helping people who have had unimaginable losses because of brain damage

Cauasia Rush
Cauasia Rush 1 year

These guys really want to start a zombie apocalypse.

Robert lives
Robert lives 1 year

Dr West found a new lab it seems.

Aight Bradley
Aight Bradley 1 year

Actually, it appears some ethics were involved, and they were ready to ice it if it worked well enough to regain consciousness.

Crimson Jester
Crimson Jester 1 year

there are not only significant medical and technological possibilities but also serious ethical and moral ones too. The potential for RoboCop is now less sci fi and more sci when. But also things like can we truly preserve old uncle Alex to bring him back in say 100 years.

Blaeingr 1 year

Wow... maybe there is hope for the NPCs floating around our society.

What Do I Know?
What Do I Know? 1 year

Imagine that. You are dying and in the very final moment of your life you accept your fate and at long last manage to find peace... ...and then some fucker revives you and now you're back in anxiety mode again.

O'Brien 1 year

Frankenweenie was NOT an operating manual!

Seth Napier
Seth Napier 1 year

Sweet. This is just like pet cemetery except we get to skip the burial. Thanks technology.

Malak Ben Hur
Malak Ben Hur 1 year

Apparently the epilogue to the Walking Dead...if that show will ever end that is.

Macius 1 year

So there is still hope for the communist

Jason Culligan
Jason Culligan 1 year

Let's be clear here, what these scientists did is not an ethical violation in any sense of the word. What they did was akin to the process of sowing a severed finger back onto a hand ie they managed to restore circulation to something that biologically was dead. Will this result in zombie pigs? No. All that this does is prove that it could indeed possible to restore circulation to parts of a brain that were "cut off" so to speak by conditions like a stroke much like you'd sow a finger back on. I would imagine that for the coming century at least it will still rely on the host being alive and retaining electrical brain activity for function to return to the damaged parts.

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