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Pig Organs Revived Hour After Death in Scientific Advance

  • Technology still far from use in humans, researchers say
  • Findings seen blurring lines between living and dead tissue


Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Scientists successfully revived vital organs from deceased pigs with a technology that shows promise for organ transplantation and further blurs the line between life and death.

The research, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, challenges the assumption that tissue death is swift and irreversible, as the scientists were able to restore the function of several organs an hour after the pigs’ hearts had stopped.