BRAIN TRANSPLANTATION AND TRANSHUMANISM 2
Scientists have invented a device that can keep a brain alive and working independently of the rest of the body.
Researchers from the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center in the US managed to isolate the blood flow to the brain of a pig anesthetized with ketamine, while a computerized algorithm provided the necessary blood pressure, amount, temperature and nutrients the organ needed.
This new invention uses algorithms to provide the necessary blood flow, pressure and oxygenation for a disembodied brain to continue functioning.
The team of neurologists reported that activity in the brain showed minimal changes over a 5-hour period, despite receiving no biological input from the rest of the body.
According to scientists, the success of the experiment may open new ways to examine the human brain without affecting other body functions, while this technology also reveals the potential to perform brain transplants in the future.
Isolating the brain in this way allowed researchers to study the impact of food intake independently of the body’s natural defense mechanisms.
“This new method allows us to answer physiological questions in a way that has never been done before, allowing research that focuses on the brain independently of the body,” said Juan Pascual, professor of neurology, pediatrics and physiology at the Eugene McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development at uT Southwestern”It provides,” he said.The research was detailed in a study titled “Maintenance of pig brain function under extracorporeal pulsatile circulatory control (EPCC)” published in the scientific journal Scientific Reports.
Except for overoxygenation of brain tissue when oxygen supplementation was used and slight intracranial pressure changes when craniotomy was used, this system was associated with almost natural levels of cerebral physiological parameters such as intracranial pressure, tissue oxygen saturation, and temperature.
“The preservation of cerebral activity examined by our methods under EPCC was maintained throughout the individual subject study,” the researchers concluded in their study published this month.
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