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American pigs gave their lives for a dubious idea

American pigs gave their lives for a dubious idea

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At Yale University in the United States, they conducted an experiment that, according to researchers, advanced humanity along the path to immortality.

Scientists took American pigs, killed them (of course, humanely, with the help of anesthesia), waited an hour, then connected the equipment that started the work of the heart and lungs, and injected the experimental OrganEx miraculous serum, which allegedly restores blood flow in the heart and blood vessels.

No, the dead pigs did not come to life and did not grunt. But most of the cells in the tissues of the body were completely restored, including in the brain. True, what happened to the sows after the under-resurrection is not reported. But there is a breakthrough: what was dead has become alive, even at the cellular level and only for a while.

“This is a truly significant study. It demonstrates that after death, cells in the organs of mammals (including humans) do not die for many hours. From a scientific point of view, death is a biological process that is treatable and reversible within a few hours, ”Nature magazine quotes the words of Grossman, Director of Critical Care Research at the Medical School. Sam Parnia.

Here it would be necessary to applaud, but something stops. Maybe the hint that death is curable is alarming? Modern Western (and not only Western) culture is permeated with the idea that immortality, or at least a very, very long longevity, is quite achievable. Hence the obsession with scientific discoveries in the field of medicine and a healthy lifestyle, which already now allow us to slow down the aging process and maintain the efficiency of the organs of the human body. Here we can add the growing popularity of cosmetic surgeries, which, if successful, create the illusion of eternal youth.

Will it not turn out that over time human society will be divided into three castes – the ruling class, whose representatives, thanks to access to the latest scientific developments, live indefinitely; their servants, including in their ranks the same scientists, artists and others who make the life of rulers easy and pleasant, and for this they get access to technologies that prolong life; and all the rest, living their short life in labors and cares?

Gerontologist, professor of medicine Pavel Vorobyov believes that such a fate does not threaten humanity.

– Anyone who argues like that has clearly revised science fiction, and not even science fiction. Take our “old men” from the Politburo of the CPSU, in what condition they were – although they were not at all that old. Remember Brezhnev, he was only 75 years old when he died. And the last years of his life he was very bad. But the living conditions they all had were elitist. And, on the contrary, many of those who passed through the Stalinist camps retained their sound mind and physical health until their advanced years. In no case do I call for the use of the camp system for the purpose of healing and rejuvenation. But people who went through severe trials, often starving, were tempered both in body and soul. They did not suffer from atherosclerosis, did not have heart attacks and strokes at a young age, and finally knew how to appreciate life.

So those who are called the elite are not only not immune from serious illnesses that lead to relatively early death, but, on the contrary, because of their lifestyle, well-fed and idle, they are at risk.

joint venture»: — How do you feel about the idea of ​​immortality? Is she reachable?

– I am extremely negative about this! Everything that is alive must die. Otherwise, it will be very, very bad. Any living cell can produce a certain number of divisions, but then it must inevitably die. If the cells do not die in time, then cancer begins to develop. Did you know that the only cells that don’t die are cancer cells? Imagine an organism made up of cancer cells, and yet it continues to live. You wouldn’t wish this on your enemy.

And there is nothing particularly good about longevity as such. I talked with those who lived more than a hundred years. They themselves are not always happy that they live so long. Diseases are accumulating, friends have died, children, sometimes, also died, other relatives are not up to them. Social contacts are sharply limited, and man is a herd creature, he needs communication. Loneliness is a terrible problem, and it is not solved in the modern world. And a person needs movement and vigorous activity, to which they are no longer capable of for health reasons. Are you talking about immortality? This is not life, but it will be a continuous torment.

“As long as humanity is alive, the issues of resurrection, healing and immortality are so relevant,” reminded sociologist Maria Domareva. – And, indeed, all the latest technologies are first available to a limited circle of people. The discoveries are unknown to the masses and are often classified: they are tested in the military field at secret training grounds. And in the fields of medicine, they are tested at institutes on volunteers. But time passes, and the world learns about recording devices, tracking systems and night vision or eye drops instead of glasses. I assume that this will be the case with advances in the search for life extension. The fact that at first it will be (if it is, by the way!) Available only to a few members of some special services, then it will become commercial for the elite, and over time, acquiring technology and experience, will come to us. The question remains, how many years will pass, and will our grandchildren even be able to appreciate the discoveries in the field of longevity?

However, many of us still have to live to see grandchildren. But the results of American research are no longer quite convenient for popularizers of the “new ethics”. Because they challenge the idea that death, which occurs shortly after cardiac arrest due to the fact that blood circulation and oxygen supply to the brain is stopped, is irreversible. And successful experiments in 2019 to revive the brains of pigs four hours after their death, conducted by the same group of researchers, refuted the postulate that brain death occurs soon after cardiac arrest. It turns out that the brain remains alive for several hours. These data raise doubts about the ethics of establishing the fact of a person’s death after a final cardiac arrest. Which, in turn, raises many questions regarding the rules for organ harvesting for transplantation, because it is not clear: a potential donor is more likely to be alive than dead, or rather dead than alive?

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