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Health Agencies Update
May 28, 2019

Scientists Restore Some Functions in Slaughtered Pig Brains

JAMA. 2019;321(20):1964. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.5996

Yale University scientists, with funding through the National Institutes of Health BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative, restored some cellular functions in the brains of pigs that had been slaughtered for meat 4 hours earlier, according to a recently published study in Nature.

The findings suggests that the brain might remain viable longer than previously thought and raises questions about when it may be appropriate to remove organs for transplantation and the very nature of death and consciousness, according to 2 commentaries that accompanied the study.