In the future, death is not the final destination, it will just be another illness to recover from. At least, that’s what Philadelphia-based biotech company Bioquark says. They’re starting trials to use stem cells on dead people to reverse death. What do they call it when someone who was dead comes back to life? Can you spell Z-O-M-B-I-E?
So the plan is to inject stem cells into the spinal cords of people who have been declared dead. But they’re not stopping there. They’re also going to electrocute the body, shoot lasers directly into the brain, and serve them a protein shake.
What are stem cells? We won’t get nitty-gritty, but they’re undifferentiated cells, which basically means cells with potential. It’s a special kind of cell that could become a muscle cell, a skin cell, or a blood cell, depending on some factors. So they’re really useful because they’re sort of the swiss army knife of cellular biology.
On their website, Bioquark says we’re lagging way behind other animals with the whole resurrection thing:
“Many lower organisms can replace lost or damaged organs and tissues that are identical in structure and function to the original, effortlessly regenerating a wide variety of tissues, including spinal cords, limbs, hearts, eyes, and even parts of their brains.
Some of these organisms can age, and then return to a youthful state later on in life.
Some can even die and be reborn.”
They already tried to do this study in India, but regulators stopped them before the first patients– or rather, bodies– enrolled. Now they’re slated to start the trials anew in Latin America as soon as the fall. The ethical implications seem pretty grim, but I’m honestly more concerned that we’re going to have a Walking Dead: The Amazon Jungle spin-off if these guys are successful.