They’re calling it a “zombie gene.”
A new study published in Scientific Reports challenges the widespread belief that brain activity comes to a halt immediately at death or shortly after. Researchers at the University of Illinois Chicago found that glial cells not only come alive, but also increase in size and grow arm-like appendages hours after a person dies. Study author Jeffrey Loeb, head of neurology and rehabilitation at the UIC’s College of Medicine, said the findings weren’t “too surprising” as the glial cells are inflammatory “and their job is to clean things up after brain injuries like oxygen deprivation or stroke.”
Melissa Ilardo is a Senior Scientist at Maze Therapeutics and was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Utah’s molecular medicine program. This is her story from the field as told to Marion Renault.
For the first time, a government is supporting a plan to create animal embryos with human cells and bring them to term, resulting in a type of humanimal known as a human-animal chimera. Continue reading Japan Approves Scientist’s Plan to Create World’s First Humanimals
The average American eats almost a ton of food a year. This breaks down to roughly 630 of milk, cheese and ice cream, 185 pounds of meat, and an increasingly high dosage of anti-depressants. But where does human flesh fit in? Humans shed something like 500 million skin cells a day. The fact is that these literal millions of shed cells are making it right into our mouths, often—especially—when we think we’re only eating a couple of eggs or whatever. Continue reading How Much Human Skin Does a Person Ingest Over the Course of Their Lifetime?
The news that researchers want to create human-animal chimeras has generated controversy recently, and may conjure up ideas about Frankenstein-ish experiments. But chimeras aren’t always man-made — and there are a number of examples of human chimeras that already exist.
Continue reading 3 Human Chimeras That Already Exist
It’s an age old question that we love to entertain because we’re all obsessed with our own mortality and the future of the world: what would happen to the world if humans disappeared? With enough time, the Earth would be able to reset itself and erase any trace of our existence. Mind Warehouse goes deep into answering it by detailing the progression of what would happen when.
Continue reading What Would Happen If Humans Disappeared from Earth?
Scientists have new evidence that our species and Neanderthals were doing the prehistoric tango as far back as 100,000 years ago.
Continue reading Humans Were Likely Boinking Neanderthals Earlier Than We Thought