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Scientists restore basic cellular activity to a decapitated pig's brain hours after death

By Polycount · 11 replies
Apr 17, 2019
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  1. The fields of science and technology hold untold potential when it comes to the future of humanity. Space tech could eventually help us find new homes among the stars, while more down-to-earth science brings us new medical advances every year.

    Chinese scientists have already found the secret to cloning living organisms, and now, a team of researchers may have uncovered a way to -- briefly -- resurrect some small part of a creature after it has already passed away.

    As reported by Nature, the researchers in question were able to restore basic cellular function to a pig's brain four hours after the unfortunate creature's head had already been severed from its body.

    This was not accidental on the researchers' part. The team used a system called "BrainEx," which is essentially a "network of pumps and filters," to send a non-coagulating, haemoglobin-based, oxygen-carrying solution into the pig's brain as a replacement for blood. Amazingly, the solution worked on some level.

    However, to be clear, "cellular function" does not equate to sentient life - quite the opposite. The creature was nowhere near "living" in the traditional sense of the word, and its brain activity was far below the minimum threshold for consciousness, which apparently begins in the 8-12 Hz range.

    To ensure they didn't torture the creature, scientists say that if they had picked up on consciousness-like brain activity, they would have instantly reduced the brain temperature to "quell" it, thus preventing any feeling of panic or pain.

    Nature says the team did not violate any ethical guidelines regarding the treatment of research animals, and followed all of the rules laid out by Yale University's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. The pig in question was not killed by researchers - it was already dead and intended to be used for food before arriving in their care.

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  2. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,768   +635

    I had to kill guinea pigs and cut their eyes out...all in the name of humanity. I quit that job...fast
  3. ZackL04

    ZackL04 TS Guru Posts: 505   +244

  4. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,153   +3,575

    I'm sure that Ted Williams and his relatives will see this as a positive ......
  5. Paulos7

    Paulos7 TS Booster Posts: 34   +33

    Some pig.
  6. pioruns

    pioruns TS Enthusiast Posts: 27   +7

    Well, I've seen that in low budget Hollywood movie. Scientists are experimenting with dead pig brain activity and restore it to function, experiment gets out of control, zombie humans kill them all. I forgot the name of that movie, anyone?:)
  7. NicktheWVAHick

    NicktheWVAHick TS Addict Posts: 146   +118

    As soon as I saw the words “Chinese scientists” I stopped reading.
    wiyosaya and EClyde like this.
  8. Dimitrios

    Dimitrios TS Guru Posts: 395   +267

    I'm getting tired of hearing about Amy Schumer. I had to drop NETFLIX because of her being on the front welcome page for a long period of time.
    Carljames likes this.
  9. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,450   +1,448

    Congratulations! I think you just won the prize for most irrelevant comment on this site!
    wiyosaya, Black Paper and Agnomen like this.
  10. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,758   +1,149

    And lately, that is saying something!
  11. Cpt Obvious

    Cpt Obvious TS Rookie

    You want a zombie apocalypse...This is how we get a zombie apocalypse
  12. lexster

    lexster TS Booster Posts: 131   +75

    This is as disturbing as it is fascinating.

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