YALE LAB GOES THERE, REVIVES DEAD PIGS BRAIN CELLS, OTHER ORGANS: ZOMBIE PIGS
Somehow, what will they think of next doesn’t quite cover this news. The frontiers of science continue to zoom away into what used to be a distant, only imagined future. Yet these frontiers aren’t zooming away, they’re almost already behind us. How else to perceive this new reality? A lab at Yale University has managed to literally revive dead cells in the brain, heart, liver and kidneys of pigs. As in, dead pigs. So technically, we’re talking about zombie pigs. Small scale, of course. But this has already happened! And no, we’re not talking about a pig that’s been dead only a few minutes. We’re talking about dead for over an hour.
ZOMBIE PIGS NOW A THING VIA PUMPING SYHTNETIC PROTEIN HEMOGLOBIN THRU CORPSES
While this discovery didn’t involve any channeled lightning like in the Shelley novel, it’s still somewhat disturbing. The researchers reanimated these zombie pig brain cells by pumping a fluid of synthetic protein hemoglobin with other compounds thru the corpses. And no, that is not a joke. And then about 6 hours later some of the organs had literally turned back on. Like, alive. But not alive. Zombie pigs! It’s enough to make you want to re-watch the entire zombie movie genre just to get some idea about our already imagined potentials!
SURE , IT’S ZOMBIE PIGS, BUT THIS COULD MAKE HUMAN ORGAN DONORS VIABLE LONGER
But really, we should be aware of more than the scary idea of zombie pigs and instead focus on some of the potentials. Just think of how we could use this technique to keep organ donors available organs last just a bit longer to be viable to save lives. And yes, this is literally about making zombie people corpses, of a sort. It’s too bad that the political beliefs of a lot of people will likely put a stake in the briefly undead idea to help save lives. But once you get past the zombie pig aspect, the science is pretty amazing.
But beyond the politics of stem cells, zombie cells and the like, now we may have to redefine what the meaning of death is?