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Scientists have managed to resurrect the brains of dead pigs
- April 25, 2019
- Posted by: Wiley M. Wagner
- Category: Science
Death is just a convenient word for denoting the cessation of all vital functions, because from a scientific point of view, death means only a change in the energy vector of motion of matter. And today, a talented team of specialists from the National Institute of Mental Health of the United States presented the results of its new study on the ability to reverse posthumous processes of the brain and its cells, which were previously considered irreversible – at least most of them. Because scientists have managed to achieve a partial restoration of the cellular activity of the dead brain of experimental pigs, even a few hours after their death.
The technology behind the study is called BrainEx and is a special system that delivers special microcellular fluid through the natural channels of the brain using additional equipment. Thus, in order to conduct their experiment and test this technology, a team of experts selected several pigs and placed their brains in a separate container inside the system itself.
Further, after a couple of hours of such microcellular circulation, scientists were able to achieve a certain degree of recovery of cellular activity in the brain – mainly the synaptic part of the brain. Such results simply could not fail to surprise the experts and push to the idea that such a system in the future will be able to more effectively cope with their tasks. At the same time, it is worth noting the fact that as the cellular activity of the pig's dead brain was restored, the scientists also managed to significantly slow down the post-mortem processes of cell death in them.
It is worth noting that the original idea of the experiment was not at all to return the dead to the world of the living, but with the aim of studying in more detail the various aspects related to cell degeneration and death after stopping the supply of oxygen to the brain. Thus, the obtained results push specialists to the need for similar studies in the future.