US scientists have partially revived pig brains after the animals were slaughtered. The findings could fuel debate about the barrier between life and death, and provide a new way of researching diseases like Alzheimer’s.
And also provide a much needed and valuable insight into the other side of the Pig-gate story involving former Tory Prime Minister David Cameron, who is due to release his own memoirs later this year.
It is hoped that the unfortunate pig in question might be able to shed some light as to how it ended up being shafted by a Tory, which let’s be honest, we’ve all experience at some point, if not quite to the literal extent the pig was.
The research transforms ideas about how the brain dies, which many thought happened quickly and irreversibly without a supply of oxygen. Prof Nenad Sestan, a professor of neuroscience at Yale University, said: “Cell death in the brain occurs across a longer time window that we previously thought.”
Which certainly explains how long term viewers of Mrs Browns Boys are still able to perform basic functions like putting the kettle on or laughing like hyenas at a cross dressing man, even up to eight years after watching their first episode.
The study showed the death of brain cells could be halted and that some connections in the brain were restored. However, there were no signals from the brain that would indicate awareness or consciousness.
Making the pigs somewhat ironically the ideal candidates to join the Conservative party as potential candidates for seats in Parliament.