- Researchers at the Yale School of Medicine successfully restored some functions to pigs that had been killed for hours.
- They hope that the technology will deepen our understanding of the brain and possibly develop new treatments for debilitating diseases and disorders. 19659002] The research raises many ethical issues and tests our current understanding of death.
The image of an immortal brain coming back to life again is the science fiction stuff. Not just any science fiction, especially B-grade sci fi. What immediately goes into mind are the black and white phases of movies like Fiend Without a Face . Bad actor. Plastmonstrosities. Visible strings. And a spinal cord which for some reason is also a tentacle?
But as some good science fiction, it's just a matter of time before any kind of it swims into our reality. This week's Nature published the results of researchers who were able to restore function to pigs that were clinically dead. At least what we once thought of as dead.
Set New Borders
Another science fiction story that comes to mind when discussing this story is of course Frankenstein . As Farahany told National Geographic : "It definitely has [sic] a good science-fiction element to it, and it restores the mobile function where we previously thought it was impossible. But to have Frankenstein ] you need some level of awareness, someone "there" there. [The researchers] did not restore any form of awareness in this study, and it is still unclear if we ever could. But we are one step closer to that opportunity. "
She's right. The researchers conducted their research to improve humanity, and one day we can reap some unimaginable medical benefits from it. However, the ethical issues remain as worried as the stories they remind us of.