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Zombie Experiment: Scientists Surprised By Potential Way To Revive The Dead

Many people know the story of Frankenstein and his scientific experiment. But aside from the spine-chilling effect of his creation, he also introduced the idea that dead bodies could be revived with the right technology. 

Many scientists have been trying to find ways to revive humans hours or days after death. These efforts even started before the world knew the story of Frankenstein. 

In fact, Mary Shelley studied some real and gruesome experiments to create her 1818 novel. Her major inspiration was the concept of galvanism, named after Italian doctor Luigi Galvani who believed electricity could restart life. 

Some of Galvani’s experiments involved sending electrical pulses to the legs of a dead frog to make them move. He was successful. 

Galvani’s nephew later took the experiment to a new level. Giovanni Aldini used bodies of murderers to test his uncle’s concept. 

In his first public test, he was able to deliver electricity to the body of a man, who reportedly opened his eyes after the shock. However, the body did not show any signs of life as the heart failed to pump blood, leading to the test’s failure. 

The effort to revive humans with unusual methods continued to the next centuries. Now, scientists found another way that could potentially bring humans or at least animals back to life. 

A study, recently published in the journal Nature, details a surprising discovery that almost forced scientists to quit due to major ethical concerns. They were able to restart the brains of pigs even outside the body.

The brains continued to function even hours after death. The unexpected response of the brain encouraged the scientists who conducted the experiment to consider their plan B. 

They planned to stop the experiment immediately if the brains showed signs of consciousness, The Washington Post reported. However, the lab subjects did not, which allowed them to continue the study.

New Definition Of Death

But the latest experiment still sparked concerns among other scientists. Neuroscientist Christof Koch said in an opinion piece on Scientific American that the response of the pig brains may change the definition of death. 

“Death, this looming presence just over the horizon, is quite ill defined from both a scientific as well as a medical point of view,” he wrote. 

Koch added new scientific developments may soon lead to changes in the modern medical definition of death. Scientists currently believe that life ends when the body stops breathing and the brain loses activity. 

“What at the beginning of the 20th century was irreversible — cessation of breathing — became reversible by the end of the century,” he wrote. “Is it too difficult to contemplate that the same may be true for brain death? A recent experiment suggests this idea is not just a wild imagining.”

Zombie A discovery in mid-2019 almost forced scientists to quit due to major ethical concerns as they were able to restart the brains of pigs even outside the body for hours. Pixabay