US-based researchers have successfully kept alive the brain cells of decapitated pigs for 36 hours, sparking concerns over the ethics involved in such frontline research. The researchers said they had succeeded in delivering oxygen to the cells via a system of pumps and blood maintained at body temperature. The key question being that if a brain is revived in this way, would a human being involved have any memories, an identity and rights? Jeff and Anthony request that you please just let them die.
GET BONUS EPISODES, VIDEO HANGOUTS AND MORE. VISIT: http://patreon.com/wehaveconcerns
Get all your sweet We Have Concerns merch by swinging by http://wehaveconcerns.com/shop
Hey! If you’re enjoying the show, please take a moment to rate/review it on whatever service you use to listen.
Or, you can send us mail! Our address:
We Have Concerns c/o WORLD CRIME LEAGUE 1920 Hillhurst Ave #425 Los Angeles, CA 90027-2706
Jeff on Twitter: http://twitter.com/jeffcannata
Anthony on Twitter: http://twitter.com/acarboni
Today’s story was sent in by HuskyCaucasian via Reddit: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-04-scientists-pigs-brains-alive-hours.html
If you’ve seen a story you think belongs on the show, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org, post in on our Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/WeHaveConcerns/ or leave it on the subreddit: http://reddit.com/r/wehaveconcerns