Scientist: We’ll soon be able to reverse death

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By The Daily Mail

To be declared officially dead in the majority of countries, you have to experience complete and irreversible loss of brain function, or ‘brain death.’

And although this sounds final and absolute, a company in the US believes it doesn’t have to be.

Bioquark, a healthcare company set up to look into so-called ‘repair’ and ‘reanimation’ technologies claims death may not be ‘irreversible’ and we have reached a point to ‘push the envelope’ and test if this is really the case.

‘We are repeatedly told through the medical establishment that brain death is “irreversible” and should be considered the end of the line,’ Ira Pastor, boss of Bioquark said.

‘Or is it? Have we come to a technological point where we are able to ‘push the envelope’ to see if this is truly the case?

‘While it is true that human beings lack substantial regenerative capabilities in the central nervous system (CNS), many non-human species, such as amphibians, planarians, and certain fish, can repair, regenerate and remodel substantial portions of their brain and brain stem even after critical life-threatening trauma,’ Mr Pastor said.

WHAT IS BRAIN DEATH?

The complete and irreversible loss of brain function, or ‘brain death’, is the legal definition of human death in most countries around the world.

In the UK and the US, among other countries, a person is confirmed as being dead when their brain stem function is permanently lost.

Being brain dead is widely accepted to be just as final as cardiac death.

Confirming death used to be straightforward, according to the NHS. It was said to occur when the heart stopped beating and a person was unresponsive and no longer breathing.

The lack of oxygen, which occurred as a result of no blood flow, quickly led to the permanent loss of brain stem function.

But now confirming death is more complicated, because it’s possible to keep the heart beating after the brain stem has permanently stopped functioning.

This can be done by keeping a person on a ventilator, which allows the body and heart to be artificially oxygenated, for example.

In the UK and the US, among other countries, a person is confirmed as being dead when their brain stem function is permanently lost.  Being brain dead is widely accepted to be just as final as cardiac death.

Mr Pastor, along with Dr Sergei Paylian, the founder of Bioquark, is on the advisory board of a project called ReAnima.

The ReAnima project website describes the project as ‘exploring the potential of cutting edge biomedical technology for human neuro-regeneration and neuro-reanimation.’

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