A groundbreaking trial to see if it is possible to regenerate the brains of dead people, has won approval from health watchdogs.
Indian specialist Dr Himanshu Bansal, working with Biotech companies Revita Life Sciences and Bioquark Inc, has been granted ethical permission to recruit 20 patients who have been declared clinically dead from a traumatic brain injury, to test whether parts of their central nervous system can be brought back to life.
They're using brain stem cells and other tools in their reanimation quest, on the theory that the stem cells will restart life based upon surrounding tissues; essentially mimicking the situation that allows a salamander to regrow a severed limb.
They hope to see results within three months, and to be able to reverse death within our lifetimes. They've already implemented their technique on a brain-dead patient in the Gulf and another in Europe.
"They are still in minimal conscious state but who knows that they may come out and have reasonable conscious useful human life.
"We are now trying to create a definitive study in 20 subjects and prove that the brain death is reversible. This will open the door for future research and especially for people who lose their dear ones suddenly."
Recent studies have also suggested that some electrical activity and blood flow continues after brain cell death, just not enough to allow for the whole body to function.
In other words, brain death now seems more fluid than long believed. This may perhaps explain why Democratics insist - particularly in places like Chicago - that the dead not be "disenfranchised" of their right to vote. Full resurrection to a functional cognitive state nonetheless seems a bit far-fetched, as the behavior of many politicians seems to demonstrate.