Will anyone piggyback off this discovery? Researchers from Yale University have partially revived the brains of pigs four hours after they were slaughtered. The study, published in the journal Nature, showed that some cellular function was either preserved or restored. Despite the breakthrough, scientists stressed that the brains showed no evidence of being able to regain consciousness after death. “This is not a living brain,” one researcher said, “but it is a cellularly active brain.”
Will these findings stir debate? Although it could advance study into diseases like Alzheimer’s, the research also suggests that the division between life and death may not be as clear as conventionally believed.
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