At American Yale University, scientists succeeded to bring a dead pig back to life. A full hour after the animal was officially declared dead, doctors managed to restart the blood circulation. Is this one of the first steps to immortality?
I love this kind of scientific news as I always believed medical science can do better.
The study results were published in the scientific journal Nature.
Compared to other scientific fields, medical science is still at medieval level. Look at the way they treat cancer. Instead of a modern genetic approach, rude methods are still the narrative.
The news from America and involvement of a Dutch doctor must trigger the attention of politicians as particularly in The Netherlands there is a long and unique history of non realistic ethics as it comes to inventive medical science.
In an article, published alongside the study, Dutch Dr. Robert J. Porte of the University Medical Center Groningen said that the findings have the potential to lead to new treatment strategies for people who have a heart attack or stroke
It emerged that cells don’t die. At least not as quickly as scientists assumed.
As the pig’s resurrection is just a first step, it is widely believed that with more research, the cutting-edge technique could someday at least potentially help preserve human organs for longer, allowing more people to receive transplants.
The researchers at Yale used a system they developed called OrganEx. It helped bringing back oxygen in the blood circulation system of the dead animal.
The recirculation method works throughout the dead pig’s body, preserving cells and some organs after a cardiac arrest.
Dr. Nenad Sestan, the Harvey and Kate Cushing Professor of Neuroscience and professor of comparative medicine, genetics and psychiatry at Yale, who led the study stated:
“The biggest finding is that cells assumed to be dead are still functioning hours after they should not be. What the findings tells us is that the demise of cells can be halted. And their functionality restored in multiple vital organs. Even one hour after death”
Trivial question remains: How could the research be applied to humans?
Scientists emphasize that the research is still at an extremely early stage and very experimental.
They hope that their work in pigs could ultimately be applied to humans, primarily in terms of developing ways to extend the window for transplants.
The current supply of organs is running short, with countless people worldwide waiting for transplants every step to increase the time frame in which an organ for transplant deteriorate is welcome.
Restoring a full functioning human body is far way beyond the horizon.