Neuroscientist at Yale University reported that his team managed to sustain life in pig’s brain for as long as 36 hours.
MIT Technology Review magazine (the USA) shared with us amazing news: in late March, at the meeting held at the National Institutes of Health, Nenad Sestan, neuroscientist at Yale University, informed about the possibility of keeping brain alive outside the body. Thus, according to Mr. Sestan, a team of researchers led by him had experimented on over 100 pig brains obtained from a slaughterhouse, restoring their circulation using a system of pumps, heaters, and bags of artificial blood warmed to body temperature, which led to its “revival”.
Sure thing, researchers were unable to define the extent to which brain functions were restored. Therefore, so far one cannot assert that the brain “came alive again”. However, data disclosed by researchers prove that brain cells turned out to be alive and active, which was quite surprisingly, even for the researchers themselves.
It is to be recalled that a year ago, the Yale researchers informed about the possibility of micro-circulation restoration, i.e. oxygen delivery to small blood vessels, including those deep in the brain. According to Steven E. Hyman, director of psychiatric research at the Eli and Edythe L. Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard (the USA), if damaged brain has its blood flow restored and if it has living cells, it shall still be considered as a live organ. Moreover, Mr. Hyman believes that despite the fact this is an innovative technology, it is not much different from kidney preservation technology.
Mr. Hyman has said that this brain preservation technology shall not be confused with the possibility to avoid death. However, so far when it comes to brain, keeping this organ “alive” for the transplantation purposes, makes no provisions for its further transplantation into another body.
Earlier on, Innovation House informed about the successful human head transplant performed on a corpse in China, as reported by Italian Professor Sergio Canavero, inventor of this idea.