Pig Brains Partly Revived By Scientists Hours After Animals Died


Maybe the saying “When pigs fly” needs to be updated to “when pigs come back from the dead”? This week scientists at Yale discussed research that showed the ability to restore some function in the brain of pigs who had been dead for a few hours. The cells regained a startling amount of function but, to be clear, the brains didn't have activity linked with consciousness.

The implications of this study have staggered ethicists, as they contemplate how this research should move forward and how it fits into the current understanding of what separates the living from the dead.

There is definitely a horror movie starring undead pigs somewhere in here...


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