Research published in the journal Nature on Wednesday challenges the assumption that tissue death is swift and irreversible, as scientists were able to restore the function of several organs an hour after pigs’ hearts had stopped. Photo: TNS
Research published in the journal Nature on Wednesday challenges the assumption that tissue death is swift and irreversible, as scientists were able to restore the function of several organs an hour after pigs’ hearts had stopped. Photo: TNS
Medicine

Scientists revive organs in dead pigs, challenging definition of death

  • While the discovery raises hopes for a range of future life-saving medical uses in humans, it could also mean we need to update our ideas about death itself
  • Some of the ostensibly dead animals startled researchers with sudden head movements during the experiment, raising ethical questions about the procedure

Research published in the journal Nature on Wednesday challenges the assumption that tissue death is swift and irreversible, as scientists were able to restore the function of several organs an hour after pigs’ hearts had stopped. Photo: TNS
Research published in the journal Nature on Wednesday challenges the assumption that tissue death is swift and irreversible, as scientists were able to restore the function of several organs an hour after pigs’ hearts had stopped. Photo: TNS
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