Scientists want to draw death with the help of stem cells

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2017-06-06 11:30:05

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Scientists want to draw death with the help of stem cells

Bioquark is about to begin testing, which will try to return the patients with brain death to life using stem cells. The controversial study raises many scientific and ethical questions, to solve which attract many experts in the field. Everything points to the fact that scientists are putting more and more high end when it comes to the human body — first, the world's first transplant of a human head, then the fight against aging, and now here is the complete abolition of death. Yes, you read that right. A company called Bioquark decided to return to the lives of people with clinically brain dead. The Philadelphia biotechnology company expected to launch the project at the end of this year.

Initially the test was planned to take place in 2016 in India, but was not allowed. Assuming that the plan will remain the same, scientists will take 20 patients who will undergo different types of treatment. First injection of stem cells that are isolated from their own blood or fat of the patient. Then, the spinal cord will be introduced is a protein blend that will stimulate the growth of new neurons. Laser therapy and nerve stimulation will be conducted for 15 days to induce neurons to form connections. Meanwhile, scientists will monitor the behavior and EEG changes caused by the treatment.

Despite the fact that every step in this process is scientifically substantiated, a common problem remains unproven. Electrical stimulation of the median nerve was carried out, but most evidence is in the form of case studies. Dr. ed Cooper described dozens of cases, and notes that the method may have partial success in some patients in a coma. But coma and brain death are two different things, and the process Bioquark raises more questions than it answers.

One of the problems that researchers find in this study — is informed consent. As the trial participant will be able to give consent and how scientists will sign their work — given that the participants legally dead — even then finally to confirm brain death? What would happen if brain activity is partially restored? What will be the mental state of the patient? Is it possible to damage the brain even more?

In 2016, Ariana Lewis, neurologist and bioethicist Arthur Caplan wrote that the test of "doubtful," "has no scientific basis" and "at best ethically controversial, and at worst — is frankly unethical in nature." Dr. Cooper also questioned the methods Bioquark not believe that they will help the patient with a dead brain. This method assumes the presence of a functional brain stem structures, which are motor neurons, before correctly connect with bark. If there is no functional brain stem, nothing happens.

A leading pediatric Surgeon, Charles Cox not participating in the work of Bioquark, I agree with Cooper: "It's not the craziest thing I've ever heard, but I think that the probability of success is close to zero. I think the resurrection of someone technically be a miracle."

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