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Old 04-17-19, 02:08 PM
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This is how the Zombie Aporkalypse starts ...

Interesting research ... scientists have discovered a place in Maine where they can bury dead pets and they come back. No, no ... my bad ... that was the movie I just watched. Scientists have managed to “reignite” sections dead pigs’ brains.

Night of the Living Sweet Bread?
Oink Cut of the Dead?
The Re-Haminator?

From the New York Times:

Partly Alive’: Scientists Revive Cells in Brains From Dead Pigs

In research that upends assumptions about brain death, researchers brought some cells back to life — or something like it.

In a study that raises profound questions about the line between life and death, researchers have restored some cellular activity to brains removed from slaughtered pigs.

The brains did not regain anything resembling consciousness: There were no signs indicating coordinated electrical signaling, necessary for higher functions like awareness and intelligence.

But in an experimental treatment, blood vessels in the pigs’ brains began functioning, flowing with a blood substitute, and certain brain cells regained metabolic activity, even responding to drugs. When the researchers tested slices of treated brain tissue, they discovered electrical activity in some neurons.

The work is very preliminary and has no immediate implications for treatment of brain injuries in humans. But the idea that parts of the brain may be recoverable after death, as conventionally defined, contradicts everything medical science believes about the organ and poses metaphysical riddles.

“We had clear lines between ‘this is alive’ and ‘this is dead,’” said Nita A. Farahany, a bioethicist and law professor at Duke University. “How do we now think about this middle category of ‘partly alive’? We didn’t think it could exist.”

For decades, doctors and grieving family members have wondered if it might ever be possible to restore function to a person who suffered extensive brain injury because of a severe stroke or heart attack. Were these brains really beyond salvage?

The new research confirms how little we know about the injured brain and so-called brain death. Bioethicists like Dr. Farahany were stunned and intrigued by the findings, published on Wednesday in the journal Nature.

“This is wild,” said Jonathan Moreno, a bioethicist at the University of Pennsylvania. “If ever there was an issue that merited big public deliberation on the ethics of science and medicine, this is one.”

Until now, it has been assumed that the brain declines quickly when its blood supply is cut off. Cells deteriorate, and the connections between neurons crumble. Scientists have believed those changes are irreversible unless blood is quickly restored.

Researchers at Yale University acquired the heads of 32 pigs killed for their meat. The scientists sawed into the skulls and removed the brains. By the time the experiment started, the brains had been without blood and at room temperature for four hours.

The team has developed a system called BrainEx that pumps an experimental solution into the intact brain. The scientists hope the technology will help point the way to new treatments for strokes, traumatic brain injuries and diseases like Alzheimer’s.

The scientists pumped the solution into the pigs’ brains for six hours. It brought oxygen to the tissue and contained chemicals that allowed the scientists to track its flow with ultrasound.

The solution also contained chemicals intended to block nerve signals. The scientists reasoned that brain cells might be better preserved — and their metabolisms more easily restarted — if the cells were not active.


But the investigators also did not want to take a chance that the brains might regain consciousness, unlikely as that seemed. Had the team seen electrical activity suggesting actual consciousness, they planned to give the brains anesthetic drugs and cool them immediately to stop the process.

In addition to the brains that got the BrainEx solution, the scientists also examined brains that did not receive infusions and those receiving infusions of a dummy substance. Brains in both groups showed no signs of activity, and their cells deteriorated.

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Quite amazing and terrifying
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Man, I just read that article, that shit is incredible, who knows where this could lead?

"Aporkalypse". Well done, sir.
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"But the investigators also did not want to take a chance that the brains might regain consciousness, unlikely as that seemed. Had the team seen electrical activity suggesting actual consciousness, they planned to give the brains anesthetic drugs and cool them immediately to stop the process."


What a horrific thought. It brings to mind an episode of Black Mirror. And no, not the first episode.
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Finally.
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I, for one, welcome our Frankenswine overlords.
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Hah, this is old hat. The Russians have been reanimating dead oganisms since the 1930s:

https://archive.org/details/0226_Exp...ms_20_36_46_00

No zombie apocalypse yet!
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"But the investigators also did not want to take a chance that the brains might regain consciousness, unlikely as that seemed. Had the team seen electrical activity suggesting actual consciousness, they planned to give the brains anesthetic drugs and cool them immediately to stop the process."


What a horrific thought.
But...but...what about a reanimated pig brain put in a robotic pig body? Robotpig! Awesome!

It brings to mind an episode of Black Mirror. And no, not the first episode.
I hope not!
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But...but...what about a reanimated pig brain put in a robotic pig body? Robotpig! Awesome!
Son of a bitch ... the takeover has begun. They are trying to acclimate children to the idea ...


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The Re-Haminator?

You, sir, are a god.
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It's the forerunner of a practical brain in a jar. The machines in The Matrix wasted a lot of calories keeping arms and legs alive, when all they needed was the processing power of living brains.

Once someone dies, he has no legal rights. So it would be perfectly legal for biologists to harvest his brain, reignite it, and sell it to someone who needs a powerful CPU.
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Spoken like a true computer simulated Jack Welch!
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You know ... they say everything is better wrapped in bacon. I guess the apocalypse shouldn’t be any different.
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Zombie pigs, they try to eat us as we try to eat them. It's the circle of life! (or death)
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Hamkuna matata!
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And now, a few cop jokes:


So that's how they make new ones!

Makes sense, only a few brain cells in there to revive!

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