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Some brain functions may be restored after death, pig study suggests

April 18, 2019

Nenad Sestan, who is a professor of neuroscience, comparative medicine, genetics, and psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, CT, and his team have restored circulation and cellular activity in a pig’s brain, postmortem.

However, the researchers caution, they did not restore any electrical brain activity, nor did they find any evidence of awareness or perception.

The findings contradict the previous belief that some brain functions are irreversibly lost after death. Furthermore, the results of this study could offer scientists a way of studying the brain in its intact form.

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