Saturday, April 20, 2019

Pig Zombies

From Nell Greenfieldboyce's 4-17-19 National Public Radio report entitled "Scientists Restore Some Function In The Brains Of Dead Pigs":

"The brains of dead pigs have been somewhat revived by scientists hours after the animals were killed in a slaughterhouse.
"The Yale University research team is careful to say that none of the brains regained the kind of organized electrical activity associated with consciousness or awareness. Still, the experiment described Wednesday in the journal Nature showed that a surprising amount of cellular function was either preserved or restored.
"The implications of this study have staggered ethicists, as they contemplate how this research should move forward and how it fits into the current understanding of what separates the living from the dead.
"'It was mind-blowing,' says Nita Farahany, who studies the ethics of emerging technologies at Duke Law School. 'My initial reaction was pretty shocked. It's a groundbreaking discovery, but it also really fundamentally changes a lot of what the existing beliefs are in neuroscience about the irreversible loss of brain function once there is deprivation of oxygen to the brain.'
"The brain is extremely sensitive to a lack of oxygen and shuts down quickly. But researchers have long known that viable cells can be removed from post-mortem brains hours after death, says Nenad Sestan, a neuroscientist at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn."
To read the entire article, click HERE.

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