Can you imagine a world where those who are clinically dead are brought back to life by using stem cells? It sounds like a sci-fi movie. “Watch out for Frankenstein” you think… but some scientists are attempting this seeming impossibility.
A biotech company called Bioquark has just received ethical permission to try to regenerate the brains of those who are clinically brain dead. The trial will involve about twenty patients who are life support –so while they are still breathing, with their heart pumping through a ventilator– they are considered clinically dead, as their brains have no activity.
These scientists will use a combination of stem cells, peptides, lasers, and nerve stimulation. The most important of these are stem cells. Stem cells are cells that, in their simplest form, can be made into other cells that can replace dead or diseased tissue within the human body. Research in them is vital, and many think that we will eventually be able to use them to cure things like cancer, diabetes, and autoimmune diseases.
That seems far-fetched as it is, but bringing the dead back to life?
Bioquark believes that they can stimulate enough brain activity in patients through the use of these stem cells, that life-threatening trauma to the brain could be healed.
There are some amphibians and fish that can regenerate parts of the brain after extreme trauma, but we’ve never thought of it as possible for human beings– ‘till now. Bioquark is hoping to see results as early as 2-3 months.
What if dying didn’t mean death? What could that mean for humanity?
Well, we’ll have to wait and see, but you can bet we’ll be watching these developments closely.
To learn more about this incredible scientific study, read The Telegraph article.