A group of researchers at Yale University have been able to successfully reanimate the brains of pigs after death. Now, they want to test the technique on people, but experts believe that the method could turn into a nightmare for humans.
The research team is no trying to re-animate the human brain as well, but not everyone shares the enthusiasm about the rather “ghoulish” experiment.
Researchers said that they were able to resurrect the brains of the pigs that had been recently slaughtered by tapping the remaining living brain cells. The team claims that they were able to restore some of the animals’ brain functions post-mortem.
They are confident that the technique can be successfully used on humans too.
Efforts to Reanimate Pig Brains Stirring Panic among Public
However, the experiment has already raised huge ethical concerns. U.K. ethicist Benjamin Curtis is afraid that it could turn into a “living hell” for humans whose brains were reanimated after their death.
Curtis explained that a person could be condemned to spend the eternity in a bucket as a disembodied brain that can’t feel and see anything and has only their own thoughts as company.
You would be “locked away inside your own mind without access to the sense that allows us to experience and interact with the world,” the expert warned.
Spending eternity as a brain in a jar with only your own thoughts for company? I’ve felt traumatised by train journeys where I forgot my phone 🙁 https://t.co/ZoEhPhfoh8
— Daniel Dawkins (@DanDawkins) May 7, 2018
On the other hand, Yale scientists disagree with the grim scenario. Senior researcher Stephen Latham explained that a re-animated brain is not “alive” in the sense that we know it.
Latham insisted that the re-animated brain lacks consciousness. The pigs’ brains are not wondering where they are while being unable to feel or see anything, the scientist added.
Researchers want to resurrect human brains to use them in the research for brain diseases or test some drugs on them. However, a public debate has been called for because of the many ethical concerns.
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