A pig on a farm at a village in Changtu county, Liaoning province, China on January 17, 2019. Photo: Reuters

‘What makes an animal alive?’: scientists revive brain function in dead pigs in breakthrough study

  • Discarded brains from pigs slaughtered for food were rehydrated hours later with artificial blood
  • Experts say research raises deeper philosophical and ethical questions, creates grey area where animals were ‘not alive, but not completely dead’
Topic |   Science

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A pig on a farm at a village in Changtu county, Liaoning province, China on January 17, 2019. Photo: Reuters
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A 3D print of a heart with human tissue at the University of Tel Aviv in Israel. Photo: AFP

3D printed heart with human tissue and vessels is a world first

  • Researchers at Tel Aviv University in Israel say their ‘major medical breakthrough’ will advance possibilities for transplants
  • The 3D heart, which is about the size of a cherry, has cells, blood vessels, ventricles and chambers
Topic |   Health and wellness

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A 3D print of a heart with human tissue at the University of Tel Aviv in Israel. Photo: AFP
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