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Offline moj

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pig brain tissue stays alive a little longer after death
« on: April 17, 2019, 02:28:18 PM »
More at the link but wow and pretty cool and scary. This seems like how a bunch of horror movies begin.

https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2019/4/17/18410611/pig-brain-nature-study-revive-cell-death-brainex

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Scientists: We kept pig brains alive 10 hours after death. Bioethicists: “Holy shit.”
Around 15 minutes after a mammal’s brain is cut off from oxygen, the organ is supposed to die.

Without life-giving oxygen, the cells of the brain quickly starve. Some of the cells burst open, while the chemistry of others becomes so imbalanced that their membranes break down. This frenzied spiral ends one way: in death.

It is thought that this process is widespread across brain anatomy and irreversible. After brain cells die, they are thought to be impossible to revive.

But a stunning new finding published Wednesday in the journal Nature turns that conventional wisdom around.

In a paper that reads a bit like an adaptation of Mary Shelley, researchers at Yale describe how they were able to partially revive disembodied pigs’ brains several hours after the pigs’ death.

First, the researchers took 32 pig brains from pigs slaughtered for food and waited four hours. Then, they hooked them up for six hours to a system called BrainEx, which pumped those brains full of oxygen, nutrients, and protective chemicals.

At the end of the 10 hours, the scientists found that the tissue of the pig brains was largely intact, compared to controls. Individual brain cells were up and running, performing their basic duties of taking up oxygen and producing carbon dioxide.

To be clear: The neurons in these brains were not communicating, so there was no consciousness. But the cells were alive — and that alone is a very big discovery...
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Re: pig brain tissue stays alive a little longer after death
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2019, 06:41:41 PM »
Please move to Politics.
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Re: pig brain tissue stays alive a little longer after death
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2019, 10:58:31 AM »
Please move to Politics.

Are you making fun of the President's reanimated pig brain?

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Re: pig brain tissue stays alive a little longer after death
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2019, 11:05:34 AM »
Please move to Politics.

Are you making fun of the President's reanimated pig brain?

I thought this was about making police capable of thought.

 

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