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A 'Reversible' Form of Death? Scientists Revive Cells in Dead Pigs' Organs.

By Gina Kolata

03 Aug 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Are we one step closer to evading death? Read this article to discover how a group of researchers are bringing cells back to life.

The pigs had been lying dead in the lab for an hour. No blood was circulating in their bodies; their hearts were still, their brain waves flat. Then a group of Yale scientists pumped a custom-made solution into the dead pigs’ bodies with a device similar to a heart-lung machine.

What happened next adds questions to what science considers the wall between life and death. Although the pigs were not considered conscious in any way, their seemingly dead cells revived. Their hearts began to beat as the solution, which the scientists called OrganEx, circulated in veins and arteries. Cells in their organs, including the heart, liver, kidneys and brain, were functioning again, and the animals never got stiff like a typical dead pig.

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